I've been reading the boards here for a while but never posted. You all seem to be good at giving people advice so I thought I'd come on and see if you can offer me some words of wisdom.
I'm starting to really struggle with my job. I started it two years ago and was really excited by it, it seemed like such a great opportunity working for a cause I really believed in and doing something I love. However the job is far from what it was supposed to be and I am really struggling with the working environment. I'm an INFP and working in a fairly large organisation, in an open-plan office with predominantly ESTJs and ENTPs (we all had MBTI tests last year as a development exercise). I find it really difficult to concentrate in an open-plan office full of extroverts and there are lots of things that I think is wrong with the project I work on but struggle to get my voice heard because they are all so loud and overbearing. Because I'm not happy I'm starting to perform badly which means they trust my opinion even less which means I'm becoming more unhappy. I feel so mentally unhealthy working there and the worst parts of my type are starting to come through because of the situation. I really want to just quit but obviously need to pay for the roof over my head and bills and finding new jobs is difficult.
I'm just not sure what to do. My boss (ESTJ) has tried to understand my different working style since we had the MBTI session but her version of understanding is to tell me to ask HR for counselling to help me fit in with the company's working style. Basically she wants me to learn to become another type. I'm hired in a creative role, something my type is known for. I think it's massively inappropriate to use the best parts of my type for the benefit of the company but saying I need to be counselled out of the rest of it.
The question is, do I just take a risk and hand in my notice? I'm not sure what else I want to do. I don't want to just go in to another company to have to go through this again. I'd love to be self-employed but it seems too risky to just do it with no client base. I'd have 3 months (my notice period) to work on this and the longer I stay in my job the more depressed I'm going to become. I really think that's the right solution for me but am scared of the risk involved.
Anybody else been through this kind of thing? What did you do?