Being happy in a place that you spend 40 hours or more a week at is important. Considering you spend 56 hours a week sleeping (average) and there are 168 hours in a week, you spend almost half of your time awake, at work. You should enjoy what you do, if you don’t, it’s time to find something new, no matter what.
When you choose a career path it is important to make sure that what you want to do is continually part of the experience. If you work at a place that seems to be holding you back from what you want, and know you can achieve, you shouldn’t stay there any longer. You owe it to yourself to find happiness in your career and the longer you commit to something that isn’t furthering you; the less time you have enjoying your work.
It is often said that “when you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life”, and there is definitely truth behind that statement. Being happy at work is important and without it, you are hindering everything in your life. Remember when I said you spend almost half of your time awake, at work? That means that half of your life from about age 20 until you retire is going to depend on your work and how you feel there. It’s a no-brainer that you should be happy.
If you are a little unsure then, or things are ok, try this on for size. Are you learning at your current job, or are you stuck in a position that seems to be a replay of the same thing, day in and day out? That is definitely a sign you should leave your current job. Employers that have employees who are always learning and consistently undertake new projects see high retention and high levels of satisfaction. Who would want to do the same exact thing every day without the prospect of learning anything new?
Some menial work is usually require to move up from where you are to where you want to be, but if you don’t see a future as your bosses boss, you aren’t in the right place. It’s fairly common to have to endure some time at the bottom of the pole before you can make your way to the top, but it is pretty clear when you aren’t on the road to the top with what you’re doing.
At the end of the day, you only have yourself to answer to in terms of your job. If you are unhappy and your employer doesn’t seem bent on taking advantage of the skills you have to offer, you shouldn’t feel guilty about leaving. You’re going to find another position where your work is valued and your contributions to the company are noticed. Half of your life from age 20 on depends on where you work, make sure your choice is the one that makes you happiest.