5 Ways To Cope With A Dead-End Job

How to deal with your dead-end job: Worker sleeps at his laptop.
How to deal with your dead-end job: Worker sleeps at his laptop.

By Aaron Guerrero

You used to enjoy B.B. King's classic blues tune "The Thrill Is Gone," until you realized the title perfectly summed up your sentiments toward your job.

It wasn't always this way. Shortly after being hired, you had the impression that your then-new company was a promised land for higher pay and promotion. Months in, it's turned out to be a place of zero growth for both the former and the latter.

While a recently released Gallup poll reveals a small number of workers in the United States are completely satisfied with their jobs when it comes to pay and chances for promotion (30 percent and 33 percent, respectively), the roots of a deadbeat profession can be more nuanced, explains Teresa Amabile, professor at Harvard Business School and co-author of The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work.