Since the outbreak of covid-19 and the
enforcement of lockdowns, many people are facing an on-pour of challenges in many
aspects of their lives. One big change in everyone's life is work from home.
Whether you work for a newspaper or a software company, in 2020, everyone is working from home. Maintaining jobs from homes while managing families is a challenge for men and women alike.
Some hate it, others barely tolerate it, but despite not liking it, they still have to do it—especially those who are the only breadwinner in their households.
Here are reasons as to why most people hate their jobs but don't leave them:
1. Job Security
Most employees want to feel valued by their company and know that their positions in their jobs are secure. This encourages them to work better as they don't have to worry about the future of their jobs. When the pandemic hit, several companies had to suspend business and, sadly, say goodbye to a large chunk of their staff. If you're one of those people who still have a paying job during the global crisis, then you're one of the lucky ones.
But maybe you had plans for a career change? Maybe you wanted to quit and start your own business? Maybe you wanted a break? All those plans are now down the drain since the pandemic hit. Now the main reason you're still cooperating with your employers is that it offers a level of security that many others aren't privy to at this time.
Job security serves as a motivational factor, especially during the novel Coronavirus, because people have a steady flow of income to keep their households running. People are settling for the fact that their bank accounts aren't drying up, so they're fine living as unhappy professionals for a little longer.
2. Job Hunting With A Back-Up Plan
One of the biggest issues during the pandemic for people is their need for financial stability. With so many small businesses shutting down, people have little to no options for jobs. People don't quit their jobs because they have no other back-up plans, and losing this kind of security may lead to consequences.
Because of your job, you're able to keep on earning and saving money, which could be desperately needed in-case of emergencies. If you're planning on starting your own business, this job's paycheck can go into a bank account specifically for your starting funds. That's why it's important to make sure that you're still earning from your first job before you start something new.
It makes sense as well; most people don't quit their jobs until they have another opportunity lined up.
3. It Keeps Them Busy
During the lockdown, when employees are locked in the four walls of their homes, their jobs are the only thing that helps them stay occupied and gives them something to do. Because of this, they can stay productive, creative, and motivated.
This can also help them keep their thinking process active and prevent them from getting depression or anxiety. It's a way of reminding yourself that you're moving forward and not letting the circumstances get the best of you. It helps you keep your thoughts in control as you're not feeding negativity into your mind and letting them ruin your sense of confidence.
4. Accumulate Experience
Your job helps you to increase your experience in that specific field. This can help you become proficient and gain sufficient skills to get closer to your career path. You can choose more projects that require you to work more independently; this will increase your chances of getting promoted or getting a raise.
Having years of experience under your sleeve is also great when you're job hunting for better opportunities in the same industry or field. Employers will consider you as top talent when you've got valuable experience under your belt, and some may even approach you on your own.
You might be sulking at the moment, but the experience counts in the long-term, and it can even help you escape some horrible bosses in the future.
5. Fear of Stepping Outside the Comfort Zone
Most employees don't quit their jobs out of fear that they'll have difficulty learning something new if they do end up getting hired. Mainly because starting someplace new always feels daunting, and given the current circumstances with us being confined to our homes, it might be challenging to get familiar with the new work culture.
Whether you're a man or a woman, starting work at a new job can feel incredibly overwhelming. Maybe you're worried that you won't be able to fit into a new team, or perhaps you think you're under-qualified for the job. Not being good enough for a position is another reason people don't quit their jobs, as they fear that if the new employer isn't happy with their work, they might terminate them.
Similarly, the minimum wage is another contributing factor to why people settle with their current jobs, even when they're unsatisfied. When the pandemic was at its peak, many employers reduced salaries by 25% or more, which was quite a hit for the employees. Even the companies that were hiring during COVID-19 were offering lowered wages.
Therefore, those who were contemplating leaving their jobs had to suck it up and stay put in their current jobs.
Takeaway – Employees are After Job Security in 2020
This year has become a trying time for people all around the globe. Earning a livelihood is a necessity that no person can neglect. Even though the pandemic has affected the lifestyle of many around the globe, we should still try to adapt to it with enough dedication and hard work.
If your issue with your job is your needy colleagues, then maybe try to implement some boundaries, so people don't take your efforts for granted and burn you out. Naturally, there will be some whining and a lot of questions, but if it makes you feel better about your job, then so be it.