When the job becomes a burden: 4 change steps against job frustration


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If the Sunday is already spoiled by the fact that the thought of the job on the next day settles on the mood, the job becomes a burden. 4 steps will help change this.

When the job becomes a burden: 4 change steps against job frustration

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4 steps against job frustration and for happier and better work

The causes of job frustration are not necessarily to be found in the job, but often also in the environment, in the workload, in the management of the company and last but not least, of course, in a troubled personal condition. What are the ways out of the dilemma?

1. Find the causes of dissatisfaction

We all learned the law of cause and effect in school and, like so much of our basic education, banished it to some corner of the brain where it gets dusty. Now is the time to reactivate this knowledge and identify causes and effects.

Now it is quite a serious admission to yourself to admit that the profession, which one once chose with enthusiasm, is more burdensome than it satisfies. It may be helpful not to do the analysis alone. Coaches or therapists help to direct the focus on the important issues and to find ways to get into a better state.

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There are several areas of professional life to be highlighted. These should also be viewed and analyzed separately from one another.

  1. Job
  2. Activities
  3. employer
  4. colleagues
  5. Workload
  6. Organization
  7. Health

2. Analyze the problem carefully

It is now necessary to analyze the problem carefully. To make this clear, an example: An industrial mechanic works in one Company for precision turned parts and operates a large system, programs the CNC machine and monitors production. He is dissatisfied with his day-to-day work. His analysis could look like this:

  1. Job - his work includes all normal professional fields, he may enjoy another area (conventional turning, etc.)
  2. Activities - is the dissatisfaction due to the monotony of the work, always the same tasks, are the activities too easy or too demanding?

The first two points are closely related and show whether the industrial mechanic would like to and can stay in his profession, or whether he is are interested in retraining and change jobs should.

  1. Employer - he does not like dealing with employees, is not valued, it is impersonal, he is poorly paid, the occupational safety is poor, the machines are broken, the working hours are unfavorable, etc.
  2. Colleagues - is the team difficult, is he bullied, does he feel that he is working for everyone, is rushed over colleagues, is spied on and told off etc.

These two points are also closely related. However, dissatisfaction with employers and the team usually leads to a change of job in the same job and not necessarily to the job being given up straight away.

  1. Workload - If too much work is demanded in too short a time, or if the workplace becomes bored, there are extreme peak times and then again little to do
  2. Organization - are the shifts well laid, the positions optimally staffed, is there crisis management, how is communication with employees and bosses, are the work steps efficiently organized or everything seems cumbersome (long distances or multiple processing) etc.
  3. Health - standing for long periods of time causes problems, is it too loud, too stressful, the air and lighting in the workplace are difficult, etc.

These three aspects are also to be considered interrelated. If your health suffers, you can of course look for other locations within the company, but health problems often also lead to a desire to change your job profile.

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Tip: If health problems are the trigger for the stresses in the job, regardless of whether they are psychological or physical, they should always be resolved before there are actually momentous steps in professional life. The existing employment relationship can continue during the incapacity for work.

3. Change management: find a new job

There are job interest tests for professional reorientation. In the case of health restrictions, public medical officers will usually suggest types of activity and organization of the working day, which should definitely be taken into account when choosing the new professional profile. If it is recommended to strive for alternating activities that should include standing, walking, sitting, without lifting heavy loads, a job as a parcel deliverer is not an option.

In addition to interests, must also the situation on the labor market be in focus. Are there any vacancies in the desired occupation or is there a risk of prolonged unemployment after training? Orientation in bottleneck occupations is usually spurred on by the better funding opportunities for further training, but actually many people also see that the care professions, for example, demand a lot from them, but also give them the feeling of doing something important and right.

Before the decision to change occupation, with or without retraining, is made, a potential analysis must be carried out, from which it can be seen which knowledge, interests and facilities are already available and should be used for the new start in the professional world. With this knowledge, the tools of the employment agency or other career platforms offer good help in the search for job profiles.

4. Clarify the financing of further training

If a doctor advises you to change jobs, pension funds and other service providers are usually willing to pay for further training or retraining. Unfortunately, retraining is not the catalog item they are often presented as and cost bearers help decide whether educational measures have a good chance of success in the end. Success here does not mean, however, qualifying applicants as desired and getting them to work, but above all getting them to work and not having to pay benefits for years. However, in the Qualification Opportunities Act, the legislature has created many other instruments that can be used if retraining, upgrading qualifications or even a degree are to be promoted.

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The Retraining has particularly good prospects for fundingbecause they have also been available as a dual educational offer for some time. This means that if there is an employer who certifies that they will train interested parties and then perhaps even take them on, the clerks have few arguments to reject the applications. Under certain circumstances, before the employment agency or pension fund approves funding, a kind of aptitude test must be taken, which should show whether concentration and performance are sufficient for intensive learning and whether the educational measure can be successfully completed.

Other ways of financing, especially if the stress is not based on health problems, would be distance learning courses that can be financed by paying in installments. If these are advancement training for your own profession, they can be funded with Aufstiegs Bafög or scholarship.

Conclusion: Job satisfaction is important for a good life

The job costs a considerable part of our lifetime. It is therefore very important that it is specifically chosen and that it suits you so that your daily work does not become a burden.

Therefore, if there is great, persistent dissatisfaction, a change of occupation is not only absolutely advisable, but even necessary if it is a matter of maintaining your own health.

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