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How to Take a Bad Job And Make it Better

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How to Take a Bad Job And Make it Better

Post by Guest on Tue Mar 29, 2011 5:06 pm

How to Take a Bad Job And Make it Better


A recent study by Peter Butterworth, professor
at the Australian National University in Canberra, suggests that
finding an overly-demanding “poor quality” job can be at least as
harmful for a person's mental health as being unemployed.
The results, which studied 7,155 people of working age in seven
waves, found that people who were unemployed had poorer mental health
scores overall compared to those who had jobs, but it also found that
having a job didn't automatically result in happiness.
Being stuck in a bad job can wreak havoc on your psychological
health. However, the resulting misery can be dramatically reduced if you
think of your awful job as an unfortunate, yet necessary, part of a
long-term strategy to improve your employment situation.
In other words, while you’re suffering, keep looking.

And until the right opportunity opens up, here’s the upside of having a job, even if
it’s a lousy job:

Employment Benefits: Medical insurance, with its high co-pays
and deductibles, can really be ridiculous if you’re unemployed and
paying 100% of the cost out of pocket. Having your employer cover the
bulk of this hefty expense can be invaluable, especially if you have a
family.

Income: No job, no income. Bad job, income. The chronic,
sprawling stress of not having a paycheck (savings depletion, family
tension, potential insolvency, scrambling to pay bills, insomnia,
overwhelming anxiety) is much less desirable than the challenging, yet
narrowly-focused unpleasantness of a bad job (surviving a difficult job,
seeking a better job). Your situation at work may be tough to deal
with, but the absence of consistent household revenue with no
foreseeable turnaround or resolution is far more horrific.


Increased Desirability/Value:
You know how you’re always more
appealing to a potential mate when you’re already in a relationship? The
same holds true for a potential employer: If you have a job, you’re a
more attractive prospect to an employer.
By having a job your positive economic value is more evident to a prospective employers.
The key to surviving a bad job is to look at it as something that you
currently need to do until you can eventually make something better
happen.
By shifting your bad job’s timeframe from “forever” to “for now"
you’ll relieve some of your mental anguish, gain a sense of control
over the temporarily unpleasant situation, and give you a goal: to land a
new job that you love.


http://www.foxbusiness.com/personal-finance/2011/03/29/bad-job-make-better/


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Post by Sunrise on Tue Mar 29, 2011 5:15 pm

So true and I would gladly take a bad job right now over no job.
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Post by KeeptheFaith on Tue Mar 29, 2011 7:25 pm

Sunrise wrote:So true and I would gladly take a bad job right now over no job.

I agree....I would take any job right now....anything is better then being unemployed with no income.....
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Post by mrgolf on Tue Mar 29, 2011 8:33 pm

Good article. I had a horrible GM once at a hotel where I worked and I went to work everyday with a knot in my stomach
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Post by pugsrit on Tue Mar 29, 2011 9:10 pm

When I worked for one of this countries largest medical insurance companies, I had a supervisor that was so mean I couldn't figure out what she had on the company that she got away with what she did.
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Post by Guest on Tue Mar 29, 2011 9:25 pm

The only good thing about a bad job is that it would pay the bills while you looked for something else.

I would love to be going to a job I hate right now, it would mean having a paycheck.

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Post by mrgolf on Tue Mar 29, 2011 10:32 pm

Need2Bworking wrote:The only good thing about a bad job is that it would pay the bills while you looked for something else.

I would love to be going to a job I hate right now, it would mean having a paycheck.
I hear ya
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Post by pugsrit on Tue Mar 29, 2011 10:39 pm

I agree anything at this point anything is better then nothing.
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