I hate my job….
In the second of our series of correlation corner I thought I’d take a look how the search term for ‘I hate my job’ changes over the course of a given year and across different countries. Unfortunately, my multilingual ability only extends to GCSE level French and a literal translation of ‘I hate my job’ in Google translate only seems to extend to Spanish so we will only be looking at countries with enough native speakers of English and Spanish to register on Google Trends in this highly unscientific study.
So, fist off here is the list of countries, in descending order of popularity, where the term is searched most often (population adjusted) in the last 12 months:
8. South Africa
A surprising choice at number one given so many tax dodging tech giants have their HQs in Ireland. Maybe the pool tables, free vending machines, bean bag break out rooms and hacky sacks aren’t enough to compensate for the feeling that your helping global conglomerates pay 11 times less tax than your local friendly bookstore (https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/sep/21/tech-firms-tax-eu-turnover-google-amazon-apple).
With workers rights being practically none existent hardly surprising that the US comes in second place, to be honest the order of the others is anyone’s guess.
So, with that out of the way let’s look a bit more in depth at the UK and how the prevalence of the ‘I hate my job search term has cropped up over the last 12 months:
As you can see there are some pretty big spikes over the course of the year that, and having looked at the 2016/17 results, I can confirm this is a consistent pattern year on year.
Some peaks and troughs I think are relatively easy to explain. July to October is a pretty quiet month, it’s summer, the weather is nice, therefore the job you hate is more tolerable when you can go and enjoy some sunshine after work. There is a blip in mid-October, maybe this is when people have just come back from their summer holiday and the cold hard reality of having to get back to work really strikes home.
This leads neatly on to the biggest spike of the year at the start of September, I imagine that a large proportion of that is taken up by teachers with the remainder suffering from post summer holiday blues the knowledge that another decent holiday won’t be on the horizon for another three and a half months.
Another spike on Guy Fawkes night, that’s anyone’s guess.
A predicable dip towards Xmas, and an equally predicable spike in January when everyone comes back from two weeks with friends and family to realise that they need to not only go back to work again but relearn how to do their job.
Another small jump in searches in mid Jan which is no doubt in part due to the worst day of the year pseudoscience that tabloid newspapers wheel out each year like clockwork (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Monday_(date)).
So, in conclusion, people start to realise how much they hate their job after a period of doing something fun, striking results I’m sure you agree and one I intend to get peer reviewed. Stay tuned for how that pans out in the next instalment of correlation corner…