You deserve to be happy. Our constitution declares it. “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." - Thomas Jefferson So, what do you do when you're unhappy at work? You should sit down and conduct a self-assessment. Emphasis on the word 'self.' Don't conduct this assessment with friends, family, or a significant other. They will cloud your judgement and get you more upset than you already are. When conducting your self-assessment ask yourself these three key questions:
- Am I upset over something temporary? If so, let the storm pass.
- Am I being given what I deserve? It's important to be humble and honest when thinking about your answer to this question. If you truly deserve a raise and can back it up with proof via a salary analysis then that's one thing. However, if you feel you deserve a raise because of your years of service, that's another thing. Employment simply doesn't work that way anymore. Raises are granted to those who contribute to meeting the companies goals and objectives, and sitting in your chair longer than others doesn't qualify as meeting the companies goals and objectives.
- Is it possible to reconcile your unhappiness? Did you have a workplace conflict with your boss? If so, is it possible to reconcile this conflict or has irreversible damage been done that both parties can not reconcile? If the conflict can be repaired, work towards conflict resolution.