Dull days for people in the West Midlands

Thirty-two per cent believe not caring if you’re late means you’re mentally checked-out from work

45 per cent of people living in the West Midlands are stuck in a ‘boring or unrewarding’ job, according to a study released.

A poll of 2,000 employed adults found 31 per cent say their job is ‘utterly dull’, while a third even describe their work as ‘soul destroying’. Little over a quarter feel there is nothing left for them to learn or accomplish in their role, while 38 per cent think they’d have a more fulfilling job, if only they had better academic qualifications.

Fifty-six per cent of those living in the West Midlands said they had no plans for progression in their current role.

Samantha Rutter, CEO at distance learning provider Open Study College, who commissioned the research, said:We spend a huge amount of time at work so it’s important to be doing something you enjoy and get some satisfaction from.

“For some, picking up a steady paycheque is enough to keep them coming back year after year. But after a while, even a regular income seems to struggle to keep people engaged and excited about work.

“After all, you do hear about people with the most amazing and high-profile jobs getting disillusioned with their day-to-day lives. Sometimes simply learning a new part of the role or doing some extra training can really help boost what you get back from your job, making it feel like less of a chore.”

The study also found 46 per cent of disillusioned workers in the West Midlands admitted to simply clocking in for the daily grind but have nothing to excite them at work. Some of the top signs you’re stuck in an unrewarding job revealed in the survey include clockwatching as early as midday, and a general daily feeling of boredom.

Thirty-two per cent believe not caring if you’re late means you’re mentally checked-out from work, and two fifths think struggling to get out of bed in the morning is a sign you’re not getting much out of your job.

Another 17 per cent reckon that when you stop making an effort with your appearance, your career is in the doldrums. Thirty-one per cent also believe just staying in the job for the money is a key sign you’re in an unrewarding job. But over a third also believed they could earn more if they had additional qualifications.

Other indicators you are unfulfilled at work include never having anything to say when people ask how your day was, hating the commute and going for early or long lunch breaks. Sadly, 52 per cent of those who have a dull job also believe it’s made them less interesting outside of work. 

It also emerged that on average, people in the West Midlands reckon they’re terminally bored with their working day at lunchtime – at 13.02 precisely. But while a third describe their current job as a ‘dead end’, 37 per cent of those confess to liking it that way, for reasons including ‘it’s steady’ and they ‘never get in trouble’.

And one in five of the working population, polled via OnePoll, believe they’ll ‘never’ change jobs again. Just over a quarter think they’re unqualified for a more rewarding job, and 13 per cent simply confess to being too lazy to change career.

Samantha added: “Our results found many people in the West Midlands believe getting a new qualification can lead to a more fulfilling career.

“This is true, but there are also lots of other things you can try if you feel like you’re stagnating at your current role. Employers like it when workers are actively looking to better themselves, it not only benefits the business but is also a great confidence builder for employees to progress.”

The top 40 signs you’re in an unrewarding job:

  1. You’re bored
  2. You start clockwatching by noon
  3. It’s hard to get out of bed in the mornings
  4. You’ve lost the passion
  5. You are just in the job for the money
  6. You call in sick… when you’re not sick
  7. You’re out the door the minute your workday ends
  8. You’re annoyed before you even get to work
  9. You don’t care if you’re late
  10. When people ask how your day at work was, you never have anything to say
  11. You become easily irritated
  12. You fantasise about having another – stress-free – job
  13. Your productivity levels are constantly decreasing
  14. You haven’t learnt any new skills at work in ages
  15. You become stressed easily
  16. You start to question your purpose within the business
  17. You begin to question whether you are in the right field / look at jobs in different industries instead of finding a similar one to your current job
  18. You’re constantly procrastinating
  19. You don’t like the people you work with
  20. You’ve signed up to job board alerts
  21. Your ideas are not being heard/ valued
  22. You have a bad work-life balance (finish work too late/often work overtime at home)
  23. You haven’t had a pay rise in ages/ ever
  24. You struggle to sleep worrying about work the next day
  25. The commute annoys you
  26. You stay up late because you don’t want it to be tomorrow
  27. You do life admin during work time
  28. You find yourself jealous of your friends’ jobs
  29. You moan about the boss
  30. You take full advantage of your hour lunch break
  31. Ungrateful clients/customers annoy you
  32. Colleagues get credit for doing loads of work when they don’t
  33. You don’t make effort with your appearance
  34. You don’t see your friends/family enough because you’re constantly tired
  35. You struggle to keep on top of work load
  36. You go for early/long lunches
  37. You do more work than your boss/bosses
  38. You’re constantly booking holidays
  39. You don’t feel comfortable asking for a pay rise
  40. You get calls from the boss out of hours/at the weekend

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