Everyone knows someone (and maybe it’s even you) who needs a little happiness boost at work. Most of the time, the unhappiness comes from your own choices and beliefs about the situation at your workplace. This article will dispel all your false assumptions and behaviors that keep you feeling trapped and unfulfilled at work.
Now let’s get down to it…
7 ways to be happier at work
7. Stop waiting for your colleagues to change their attitude. Everyone has a life story; it’s not for you to tell someone how they should be. If you don’t like their take on life then find someone else to hangout with. If you don’t like anyone at your work… then find a new place to work. Don’t feel trapped at work by waiting for your colleagues to change because you feel too scared to move on to new opportunities. This will only raise your resentment towards your colleagues.
6. Say “no” when your plate is full. Too much stress due to a heavy workload makes any workplace seem like a dungeon. Be smart… let your colleagues know you would love to help out but their work will be last in cue because of your own work… meaning you may not get around to it and it’s up your colleague to risk an incomplete task. If it’s something you simply don’t want to do… don’t beat around the bush because you will end up trapped and doing it anyways… just say, “No, thank you, that task isn’t for me.” If it’s your boss who is putting too much work on your plate, let him know how much time each task will take and how much time there is left in the day… Now ask him/ her to make a choice about which of your tasks can wait till tomorrow.
5. Grow your skills. Don’t get stuck doing the same thing day in and day out. Let your boss know you’re looking forward to a new challenge and more education at work. This will change your routine, build excitement, and build your CV. To feel happy you need to feel you’re making progress and that you have some variety from day-to-day… not just doing monkey work.
4. Get Control. You may not be the big boss who calls all the shots, but you still need to call some of them. And that includes how you will do your work, in what order (assuming things still get done by deadlines), and including personal creativity. Having this control will stop you from feeling trapped and hopeless.
3. Expect fairness. Unhappiness at work usually happens because employees feel there is unfairness going on, nepotism, favouritism, being overworked and underpaid, you get the point. Expect to be treated fairly (or find a place that can meet your standard). Likewise, mind the Golden Rule. Treat others the way you wish to be treated. This will take you a long way.
2. Switch jobs if you need to. Don’t be afraid to ask your boss to transfer you to a different department or to seek another job that you’ll find more fulfilling. Part of life is gaining wisdom and self-knowledge. The more things you try at work, the better idea you get of the type of position you need in order to exercise your strength and skills. This decision to change jobs doesn’t NEED TO BE IMPULSIVE! You can plan your move for an entire year if that makes you feel more certain so you’re sure you have every area covered and a plan B in place. And if you have a family it is highly recommended you do this strategically to smooth out the transition. But the point is, you don’t need to stay in a position where the tasks and responsibilities make you dread going in.
1. Embrace your worth. Know what strengths and skills you bring to the table. You’ll feel infinitely liberated, happier and fulfilled knowing you are utilizing your strengths and professional values. Likewise, embracing your worth will naturally lead you to command respect and appreciation from others.
AuthorBio: Empowerment Coach, Ivana Pejakovic, B.Sc., MA, provides training and support to kind-hearted and genuine women who struggle with their self-esteem, feel stuck and trapped, or are emotionally exhausted. I offer educational programs, products with the goal of helping my clients Reach Their Full Potential.
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