Anyone else find themselves on the receiving end of angry vent sessions fueled by work-related frustration?

From rants about annoying bosses to jokes that they’re going to need bail money once they explode in the office, I hear more people shouting, “I hate my job!” with each passing day.


Indeed, according to a survey from Adecco Group North America fifty-four percent of employed Americans plan to look for a new job once the economy rebounds.

Naturally, the itch to land a new gig is even stronger among the younger workers. Nearly 3 in 4 workers between the ages of 18-29 plan to look for new jobs once the economy improves.


But while workers young and older plan on their great escape, some need to keep this thought in mind when discussing their current job: It’s better to have a horrible job than no job at all. Granted the longer hours suck, being paid less for more sounds like fuzzy mouth, and it’s despicable to find yourself with fewer benefits, but it’s all you have for now.

And even when the economy does improve, there will be a huge pool of competitive applicants for employers to choose from – some with greater skills and more experience. Or in many cases job seekers with less skills, less experience, but willing to work for a smaller salary. Thus, as scary as it sounds, you may even be stuck at the job just a little longer than you’d like.

Learn to put a smile on your face and maintain your composure even when working under duress. Take the chance to learn new set skills on the job that can place you ahead of the other applicants when it is time to find new work. Try to make the most of this time. We don’t want your eye balls getting stuck because you’ve spent so much time rolling them at your boss. As stressful as it may be, being angry in an office or cubicle is better than standing in a soup line.

So when handling your work related anger, venting every now and then is fine, but for the most part heed the advice of the late King of Pop and “keep it in the closet.”


Yes, I had to make a Michael Jackson reference at least once this week. It’s only right.

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Michael Arceneaux hails from Houston, lives in Harlem and praises Beyoncé’s name wherever he goes. Follow him on Twitter.

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