According to a survey published by Investors in People, 60% of workers in the UK are not happy in their current jobs. Another survey revealed that nearly 80% of Londoners and unhappy in their jobs. And a Gallop poll shows that 23% of workers worldwide hate their jobs, with only 15% who feel engaged by their jobs, meaning they are passionate about, and deeply connected to, their work.
So there is no denying that huge numbers of people all over the world dislike what they’re doing for most of the day, five days a week.
We pay a serious price when we do a job we dislike, especially a job that lacks meaning and autonomy. Research shows that doing a job you hate is actually worse for your mental health than unemployment.
The writer Johann Hari argues in his new book Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions, there are nine causes of depression and anxiety: two biological, and seven that relate to the world we live in. And one that falls into the latter category is meaningless work.
In light of this finding, it’s important in your job search and career path to think about the kind of work you would find meaningful.
The Mental Health Impact of Meaningless Work
In an article for the Huffington Post about his new book, Hari writes:
“If you find your work meaningless and you feel you have no control over it, you are far more likely to become depressed.”