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Asked on 30 Mar 2020

What to do when you're stuck with a miserable job during a recession?

I'm currently working in Healthcare and I was planning to quit before COVID-19 struck. However, now we're in a recession and I guess it's not a good time to quit with no job lined up. I dislike my boss and she seems to have gotten worse since the recession started. Is there any coping mechanism for reducing job misery? Or should I try to find a new job?

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Hi anon,

Sorry to hear of your situation. However, you are right, it is not advisable to quit without a backup plan, as it is anyone's guess when this COVID 19 situation will end.

Do you have a close friend at work who can empathise with your situation? Try speaking to one over lunch or after work. Letting off some steam this way is still better than bottling it up inside. Engage in side hobbies out of work, and see if some exercise may help you 'let it out of your system', endorphin release after a good exercise session tends to help reduce tension.

In the meantime, yes, send out resumes. But I'd advise against accepting any contract offers if you are already in a full time position now (which you most likely are); again, this is due to the current market situation.

All the best!

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Melissa
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Answered on 30 Mar 2020

Well you can always send out your CV while still working at your current job. There are companies that are still hiring during this period so you can try your luck. As for your current work, you just gotta tell yourself that at the end of the day it’s just a job and not the end of the world. Bad bosses suck but this is part and parcel of work life. It’s impossible to please everyone and vice versa. All the best!

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Ninja
Level 7. Grand Master
Answered on 07 Apr 2020

Is it a job issue or a personality issue. Please do find out your job pros and cons and why you join this specific job initially. No good worker love their boss, only boot licker. Every good worker dislike their boss but work hand in hand as a team because each person has different responsibilities and cannot be totally understandable by another party with different set of responsibilities.

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Desmond
Desmond, Peak Performance Coach at [email protected]
Level 4. Prodigy
Answered on 07 Apr 2020

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Start offering your service to businesses for FREE - no strings attached.

Use the testimonials to get more paid client work, either as a freelancer or as an agency. "Getting a job" is not the only route to income!​​​

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Mandino
Level 4. Prodigy
Answered on 03 Apr 2020

Hey, hope you're doing find!

Totally understand what it feels like to have a unreasonal boss especially when you try to be nice but they take it for grated and are extremely toxic. And because of that looking for ways to manage it, if not change.

First of all, I just want to thank you for serving as us in the healthcare sector. I know it might already feel like a warzone on a normal daily basis. And with resources running low, things are getting more tensed.

Well, finding different jobs may not be the solution, because the bottom line is the company's culture and the environment that you want to be looking for and priorisiting. Going into another job, you might face the same problems. Unless you find one where it has a nurtuing, open and growing culture.

If not, a coping machanism that I alwayed used during one of my most trying times was when I was in amry. I just told myself that everything was a game. Every uncomfortable situation that I went through was getting "experience points" and that sooner or later I'd "level up" to a better version of myself.

So what you can consider, is learning how to take things from a different perspective and challenge yourself! One of the biggest thing you can learn right now that is transferable is communication. You can apply it to your boss, colleague, friends and family to build better relationships.

Better communication would not only help you cope with your current situation, but if used correctly, you might be able to win your boss's favour!

Google, "Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss". In first sight, you might not think this book is anyway applicable. However, if you give it a deeper thought and let it settle on your mind. It's actually a golden nugget that might be the key to your next promotion, career progession or better, getting your gf/bf to agree with you.

Once again, whether you stay or leave.

Thank you for your service.

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Adrian Tan
Adrian Tan
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Answered on 03 Apr 2020

Just get a new job. Boss won't change their attitude. But do it while you are gainfully employed.

Here's something that might help: https://adriantan.com.sg/unemployment/

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Liam Lim Yu Zheng
Level 4. Prodigy
Answered on 03 Apr 2020

I reckon healthcare jobs are particularly in demand now, given covid (now), and ageing population (the mid/long term). You may stand a good chance getting job offers. Hence, might be good to start applying now

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Jeff Yeo
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Level 7. Grand Master
Answered on 02 Apr 2020

Sometimes we get stuck in a mind set that is negative and spirals downwards. Try to find ways to defuse those negative feelings. Have an open conversation about it with your boss and suggest ways of improvements.

meanwhile keep sending those resumes, look for a head hunter and network Around to see if friends can refer to to jobs

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Sharon
Level 7. Grand Master
Answered on 01 Apr 2020

Just send that resume. Acting on it may lead you somewhere.

At the same time, you may want to take a step back to try and understand your boss position. People act badly is because there's some underlying issue they're stuck with and they're struggling to reconcile the problem.

On the contrary to giving you some coping mechanisms, perhaps speaking to her on this may open up the possibility of a better relationship. Generally, we detest conflict however when we discuss it, it can help move the team forward.

Here's one article which I find it useful, so much so I printed it out when I first read it, to remind myself not to be afraid to meet these challenges, whether at work or home:

https://hbr.org/2013/12/conflict-strategies-for-nice-people

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HC Tang
HC Tang, Financial Enthusiast, Budgeting at The Society
Level 9. God of Wisdom
Answered on 30 Mar 2020

You can still look out finding new jobs but ensure it is one that is stable , just in case.

Be sure to resign only after you found new job otherwise cost of living without income will be hard to maintain.

All the best.

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