Sometimes when you’re unhappy at work, or with your career in general, the problem is your manager. There are some really crappy managers out there, and some really crappy workplaces. But sometimes, in some cases, the problem is … you. Here are some ways to tell.
If you’ve hated every boss you’ve ever had, or even most of them, you’re probably the problem.
If you’ve had multiple bosses who hated you, you’re probably the problem.
If you’ve had at least three jobs in the last decade but can’t find anyone to give you a reference, you’re probably the problem.
If you think that any peers who get along with your boss are suck-ups, and you’ve thought that at previous jobs too, you’re probably the problem.
If you think that all managers are out to screw over their employees and you don’t believe there are plenty of good ones, you’re the problem.
If you believe that everyone else hates their job, their boss, and/or working too, you’re the problem.
There are a few rare cases where the field you’re in is the problem (call centers come to mind), but in general, the principles above are true.