It’s Sunday night. That’s when the dread sets in. Like an elephant sitting on your chest. The weight of the world on your shoulders. You’re coming up on another Monday. Another day at the job you can’t stand. Maybe you’ve been there for years and think you can’t afford to quit. Maybe you never applied yourself in school and took something entry level that just isn’t for you. Maybe you think getting fired is on the horizon and you are scared about what will happen next. Whatever your situation, let’s take a moment to dwell on what your boss isn’t doing at your 9-5:
- Ask how you are doing. Wouldn’t it be nice if they even pretended to care? Maybe you even try to be friendly but get no response.
- Help navigate your career path. Where exactly is this job taking you? Probably nowhere fast. What a downer.
- Encourage creative pursuits. Do they know anything about what you enjoy outside of work? Do you have time for your hobbies at all? What were they again?
- Give straight feedback. Maybe your boss is a jerk but do you even know what you’ve been doing “wrong”? Are you doing anything wrong? Are you even sure? Probably not.
- Maybe you have spoken up, but were you heard? In one ear and out the other. Nothing has changed.
- Give you a job well done. You hear about the negative but never the positive. It would be nice to get some good feedback just once. Or maybe all the time. Yeah, that’d be great.
- Mentor and coach. Wouldn’t it be nice if you had a leader guiding you? What are your next steps? Can you ever expect a promotion?
- Maybe a good boss would help you learn. You might enjoy training if you felt it would actually benefit you. Maybe you would apply yourself.
- Lead by example. A crappy boss is not a leader. They just yell at people and sit in the office.
- Comfortable with flex schedules. Wouldn’t it be nice to work from home? Make a doctor’s appointment without the hassle? What if you kid gets sick, can you call out without recourse?
If you related to this list you may have a crappy 9-5. But don’t worry, you can escape it if you have drive and persistence to make it happen. You can use your skills to freelance. The gig economy is growing every day. You can be your own boss on a path to success and love every minute of it. If you aren’t sure what skills you have, there are many that you can try and build up a portfolio. One good example is freelance writing. Set up a website and write up your best samples and start marketing yourself. Research online some tricks of the trade. Soon, you’ll be able to escape that awful 9-5 and get rid of that lousy boss for good.