5 Signs you hate your job

- 25 May 2022

We have all been involved in a conversation around a braai where we had lengthy debates about what we love and loathe about our jobs. We know that every job comes with tidal waves of emotions – these days those waves are more negative than positive, especially with the strain of a global pandemic and the financial stress that it has caused. Over and above the obvious, there can be various reasons why we loathe our jobs, without us even realising it. It is, however, very important to keep an eye out for the warning signs that might make an appearance when you start really hating your job. These need to be addressed soonest as we spend a lot of time at work and if this environment is no longer conducive to your mental and physical health. There is also a difference between situations that just makes your job harder and not worse – you need to be able to distinguish between the two.

Here are some warning signs that will definitely help you tell the difference between a rough patch that is challenging or if you really hate your job and that it is time to move on.


– Sunday night blues are a real thing – every day of the week!
We have all had the Sunday night Carte Blanche moment. That moment when Derek Watts graces our screen and the reality sets in that the weekend is over and Monday is dawning. Even people who are living their best lives and have their dream jobs have had that moment. It is perfectly normal. But when Sunday night blues become an every-night occurrence, chances are that your job is the culprit and it is probably time to put your feelers out for a new challenge.

– Your physical health is taking strain
Teaching is a moderately physically demanding job (especially when you do it right) as we spend a lot of time on our feet. Unfortunately, aging is a reality for all of us but if you start realising that you have aches, pains or other physical ailments that crept up on you in the span of a few months it is not necessarily always the case that your job is to blame, but it is worth assessing the situation and go to the doctor to make sure. Stress is after all the most lethal silent killer…

– The ‘job butterflies’
Going to work will definitely not feel like you are preparing to go to a fun-filled three-day festival every day, but if you feel like you’re not excited, inspired or enjoy what you do anymore, something is definitely wrong. As much as we all have obstacles to get over in the workplace, we still need to be excited about what we do and the work that we produce. If those butterflies are gone, it might be time to consider a change. It might also be worth discovering what aspects of your job used to make you excited and see if it is you that changed or if it is indeed the work environment that has changed.

– Venting sessions are always about work
Sharing the ups and downs of your day with a spouse or family member is normal and off-loading about work is good for you and your sanity, but if every negative venting session revolves around only work, it is worthwhile to sit down and write a list of pros and cons of whether your current job is actually what you need.

– Your vices are no longer restricted to one
We all have our vices – whether it is comfort food, a glass of wine, a 10km run – you name it. It is healthy to switch off and indulge in the things we like, but when that becomes excessive you need to ask yourself what is the trigger. Most of the time it is thanks to work stress. To cope is one thing, but to become dependent is another thing.


If any of these resonate with you, it is worthwhile rethinking your future and career path. Nobody is saying be impulsive and quit your job in a climate where it is already survival of the fittest, but put yourself first, re-evaluate what you want out of life and the level of happiness you want present in your life. Being selfish is sometimes a prevention that is better than a cure! Find ways of reinvigorating your current job, move laterally to another organization or change industries. Just, never be content with hating your job.



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