In the last post, we discussed 12 reasons to love your 9-5 job because they’re not all that bad. As said earlier, It feels very fortunate to have a job that promises a steady paycheck and provides some other benefits.
In this post, We will discuss 12 reasons why having a 9-5 job sucks! As before, this list deals with a lot of generalizations that may not apply to every 9-5 job. However, if you work regular hours, you’ll be able to identify with several things on this list.
Job insecurity, lack of opportunities and recognition, lack of interest and problems with the boss are some of the most common reasons why you may hate your job.
People do not want to get rid of their job; what they want is to get rid of their bad bosses.
Here are 12 reasons why you hate your 9-5 job.
1. The schedule
You may hate the Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM schedule that you have. Not only does it suck to have to be somewhere at a set time, but you may spend several unpaid hours on work-related tasks as well.
You have a set number of sick/vacation days. You have to ask permission every time you plan to be away from your desk for an extended time.
2. Difficult to maintain energy levels
It’s challenging to be productive from 9-5 every day. The natural energy levels do not support that type of productivity. Being completely honest, It’s not productive to work for eight hours, you may have a few energy lulls throughout the day as well. It is one of the reasons you may rely on the Pomodoro Technique to keep you on the task at work.
You may get a bit of an energy burst later in the evening during tea or coffee breaks. In the case of self-employed, You would work for a few hours when your energy levels are high and handle tasks requiring less mental bandwidth when your energy levels dip. It will make you a more efficient and happier worker.
3. Wardrobe Requirements
Another bad aspect of a 9-5 job is the requirement to dress professionally. The wardrobe requirements for some job are expensive and uncomfortable. While you may like clothes a whole lot, but may not like having to wear a professional wardrobe all the time.
Professional looking clothes tend to be more expensive to purchase and maintain than casual dresses (or yoga pants).
4. Limited vacation time
You may have a bit of wanderlust and want to travel to new places, but the only thing that keep you from following your dreams of travel is your job.
As said before, in companies with set vacation benefits, two or three weeks of vacation isn’t that much in the scheme of things. As a result, you may never be away for more than a week at a time, and many of your travel dreams go unfulfilled.
5. Do not feel valued
Everyone likes to be congratulated, especially those who work hard and give their all. If your employer does not take time to recognize the work of yours, then it will influence the effort you put into the work. Recognition generates value, loyalty and a sense of belonging.
It does not mean getting monetary incentives, but simply emphasize your good work or a small present to reward your effort.
6. Less than the ideal work environment
This won’t be true for a lot of people with 9-5 jobs, but it’s something that relates to most. Although the people you work with are pretty cool, the actual environment in which you work is less than desirable. You may have trouble being productive based on where you work.
Depending on your work station or desk, You may often get distracted by coworker’s conversation. Also if the printer, copier and the paper shredder for your office are located near your work station. You further get distracted from your work, every time someone needs to use them.
Maybe you work best with background noise, but your office has a rule of silence. Or perhaps you like to be alone, but you work somewhere with an open office plan. Physical environment aside, a work environment could be made bad by annoying coworkers as well.
7. The commute
How good it would be to be able to work from home. If you were able to sit down and get to work as soon as you had the energy to do so, You would be much more productive.
Some people have commutes much worse than others. Some people have to commute three hours each way. They spent almost at a time getting to and from work as they did actually working. Just think of all the other things they could have been doing with their time rather than driving back and forth to work!
8. Office politics/drama
While you may feel like you’re lucky to have to deal with very little of this, office politics can be a real problem in some companies. Having to deal with workplace politics or senseless drama creates negative energy and takes away from productivity.
While this is a generalization, it seems like the bigger a company is, the worse the office politics can be.
Whether it has a coworker who likes to take credit for your work or just someone in your office who gossips rather than work, workplace politics can be a huge drain.
9. No option in assignments
This is another issue that may not apply to all 9-5 positions, but it definitely applies to someone. You don’t know what assignments you’ll get at your job. Freelancers or people with more seniority in their career get a bit more flexibility with the type of work they take on. But your personal feelings about an assignment are irrelevant.
The lack of input can apply to both the type of work you do as well as to the people you work with. If you have a difficult client that you don’t like to deal with, it’s too bad, because that’s part of your job. If there’s a particular work you hate, it doesn’t matter because it has to be done regardless.
10. No possibilities for growth
Many workers feel stuck in the same position when there are no possibilities to be promoted or work on different projects. Having the opportunity to get promoted or work on a creative project will increase your skills and help in professional growth.
If you don’t find any possibility for professional growth, you may end up losing interest from your job.
11. Dependent on the income stream
You may like your steady paycheck. Well, then think of this factor as being the other side of the coin. Because a 9-5 job takes up so much of a person’s time, it can be harder to have multiple streams of income. It is by no means impossible to work a 9-5 and have a good side hustle to have some passive income from investments. But the time is eaten up by the 9-5 work week takes away time that could be devoted to other revenue paths.
The majority of people become dependent on their job as their only source of income, which could hurt their finances in the event of a job loss. Another issue is, Sometimes it can be extremely difficult or impossible to leave a job because of dependence upon the pay.
12. Pay Not Proportionate to Work
Although we talked about the benefits of a steady paycheck, there is another downside to that as well. Your paycheck is the same whether you go to work and put in the minimal amount of effort to keep your job or you bust your butt and stay late every single day. Instead of rewarding hard work, You may often feel motivated to do just the minimal work necessary to get by.
People who work as freelancers or on commission are paid for the work they put in. If they slack off a bit, they see that reflected in their bank account. And, if they put in some hustle, they can usually make a lot of money for their efforts.
Although it can be great to have a steady 9-5 job, there are undesirable aspects as well.
What you think is the worst thing about working a 9-5 job?