People start to hate their jobs at 35: Increased stress and feeling underappreciated at work means burnout may hit sooner than you think
Older employees tend to be more miserable in their jobs, with the rapid descent into workplace drudgery kicking in at the age of 35, a new study claims.
While millennials may be full of youthful exuberance for their new roles, the reality of working life has set in for Generation X and Baby Boomers.
Experts looked at a range of factors affecting job satisfaction and found that older workers reported higher levels of stress and dissatisfaction.
This resulted in almost one fifth reporting that they are unhappy at work, according to the report - meaning burnout may hit sooner than you think.
'There comes a time when either you haven't achieved success, work has burned you out, or lived experience tells you family is more important,' said Cary Cooper, a workplace researcher at Manchester Business School told Bloomberg.
'You ask yourself: 'What am I doing this for?'
Researchers from Happiness Works, on behalf of recruitment firm Robert Half, found 17 percent of people over the age of 55 were unfulfilled in their roles.
Generation X didn't fare much better, with 16 percent of 35 to 54-year-olds admitting they were unhappy.
Half that number of Millennials said the same, with less than one in ten (eight percent) of workers aged 18 to 34 saying they were dissatisfied in their jobs.
The full report, which examined the influences behind employee happiness, discovered workplace stress was the largest factor affecting older workers.
This was coupled with creative dissatisfaction, struggling to find a happy work-life balance and feeling under-appreciated.
There's a way to combat the pressure, Cooper said.
Making work friends could improve the situation, as well as refocusing on a personal project at work and make that your passion.
The London-based human resources firm also suggested a number of ways the issue could be addressed by employers.
Phil Sheridan, senior managing director at Robert Half UK, said: 'Employees that are aged over 35 have valuable experience that the whole organization can learn and benefit from.
'It's important that their happiness is not neglected, so businesses need to take the time to invest in their staff at all levels.