Wednesday December 18, 2019
I work a job that I do not like. That makes me a member of a rather large group. According to a recent Gallop poll of American workers, Of the country’s approximately 100 million full-time employees, 51 percent aren’t engaged at work — meaning they feel no real connection to their jobs. That is remarkable and yet I understand that many people feeling that way. I feel that way all the time about my job. Most of the time I regard my job with a mild sense of disdain. About 90% of the time I dislike my job. About 10% of the time I actually hate it.
The main reason is that my job is incongruent with my core values and my essential personality.
My core values are love and compassion, justice and equality. However in this job the core values appear to be wealth, power and status. Thus my values and my job often clash. The values of those I work with are at odds with my values. I feel like the work workplace community is going one way and I’m going the opposite way. The resulting dissonance makes it practically impossible for me to be happy here.
My personality type according to the Myers-Briggs personality inventory is INFP. In her article “INFP: The Mediator (Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Perceiving): An Overview of the INFP Personality Type,” Kendra Cherry writes:
The INFP personality type is often described as an “idealist” or “mediator” personality. People with this kind of personality tend to be introverted, idealistic, creative and driven by high values. INFPs also have strong interests in making the world a better place. In addition to wanting to gain a greater understanding of themselves and how they fit into the world, they are also interested in how they can best help others. People with this personality type spend a lot of time exploring their own purpose in life and thinking about how they can use their skills and talents to best serve humanity.
That is me to a tee. The problem is that I have a job that has nothing to do with any of the above mentioned traits. My job is about doing mundane things over and over again. The small ordinary things I do at work are meaningless to me. The tasks of my job sometimes feel like punishment.
Is it any surprise then, that I don’t like my job?