Have you found yourself staying in a job that is unfulfilling, and that you’re fundamentally unhappy in? Are you sticking with it due to concerns for job security, or a lack of better options? Are you now actively resenting your job?

Well, there’s a word for that.


The term coined by Rotacloud, conveys the idea of remaining in a job where you’re frustrated, unhappy, and making it known!

A person experiencing resenteeism will find a lot of frustration in their situation. You may feel undervalued, underappreciated, and maybe even unfairly treated. The current cost of living crisis won’t make these feelings any easier either. With the near-constant worry for career and financial stability, the fear of leaving a job can be overwhelming.

So, what can you do if you’re suffering with resenteeism?

Woman frustrated at desk
Women in conversation

Well, first and foremost, although perhaps a scary option, have you considered a new job?

If you’re feeling unfulfilled in your role, now is a great opportunity to explore other opportunities for career development, and reflect on what you want out of a new position. Search for a job that aligns with your personal values and career goals, with an understanding of what you need to be fulfilled and successful in a new job.

If this is the path you take, then of course we’re here to help. Taking the time to understand what you need is a priority for us. The consultative approach we apply to each candidate allows us to secure the best opportunities for you, aligned with your current aspirations, values and goals.

If finding a new role truly isn’t the solution for you, there are other options to try.

Speak about your concerns with a manager or HR department. Be honest and open about your feelings of dissatisfaction, unhappiness and frustration. Inform them of exactly what you’re experiencing and provide examples. There may be a solution that you can work on together to turn the situation around.

Having this transparent conversation may allow you to identify possible solutions. Evaluate what you need from your job to feel fulfilled, and discus what you’re looking for in terms of career development.

It’s also important to be able to switch off from the ‘work’ mindset, and not let that resentment consume you. Remember to take care of your mental and physical health and look after you.

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Employees engaged in conversation

If you’re a manager who has noticed resenteeism creeping into the workplace, now’s the time to act.

What can you do to make the workplace happier? Here’s a few suggestions:

  • Encourage open and honest communication where employees are comfortable to voice any concerns.
  • Provide support and resources to help struggling staff.
  • Build a positive culture and show appreciation by celebrating and rewarding your staff.
  • Focus on employee engagement, ask for feedback, listen to your staff and prioritise their needs.