Enormous amounts of our time, in fact one-third of our day, is spent in the workplace. With recession along with anxiety and job stress being the order of the day, the difference between, "Oh crap, it's Monday" and "Thank God it's Monday" is determined by whether or not you are happy at work. So what are the factors that determine happiness at workplace and what exactly is the difference between a happy and an unhappy employee. Is it good communication between management and staff, and working with friendly colleagues or is it about an individual's outlook? Well, here is a look at what constitutes happiness, and how you can stay happy at work.
How to Be Happy at Work Always
In a research conducted in UK, it was found that only four out of every five employees were happy at work. Surprisingly contrary to popular notion, it was not the salary or the love for the work that made people happy. Instead, friendly, supportive colleagues and a good manager have been found to be the primary causes of happiness at work. So how do you keep your spirits up and foster a sense of joy on the job? Here are some tips to help you on your way to finding happiness and complete job satisfaction in the workplace.
Start with a Positive Outlook
"Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same" - Francesca Reigler. It's all about self-motivation and a positive outlook towards your job. Dwelling on the good aspects of the work, rather than rattling on and on about what makes you unhappy is the basic key for happiness. Negativity and gossiping around about the bad things may be easy, but it is looking at the bright side that is the difficult part of a job.
Rather than looking for help from other people, challenge yourself and take charge of your own growth professionally. Boredom is one of the primary factors that people tend to switch jobs. So find new challenges and chase your personally developed plan and goals. It is a great feeling to take control over what you do and see a task through. If you hit a roadblock, then it is a good idea to take help from your manager, but complete reliance on someone for your career advancement is futile.
Having someone to talk to on a social levels and in fact having coworkers that you like to and enjoy working with is a hallmark of happiness at the workplace. Talk to people, get to know them, and try to enhance personal relations in the workplace. Meeting new people and getting fresh perspectives can help you to keep yourself interested in your work. Also knowing that you have someone to share and care about you can make work hours fun. However, Stay away from negative conversations, gossip.
Complete your Tasks
Complete your tasks, however disagreeable or tough they might be. This gives you an individual sense of achievement and motivates you to work towards your goals in future. Also keep learning and gaining new insights while at work. This will not only help you with the current job but also take you ahead career wise. So start prioritizing your tasks and completing them.
Take a Break
Sitting and staring at your screen all day long is not going to help you. Instead take breaks and go outside for some time. They do not necessarily have to be long breaks, but going out for a few minutes to feel the breeze can keep you refreshed. Along with this, you also need vacations to refresh yourself and rest properly. After all, that is why your company gives it you. So utilize the one week and rest completely before you come back to work.
Research has found that when employees working for a company that fosters a spirit of inclusion and communication while regularly acknowledging your hard work, are naturally happy. So if all these ideas fail to keep your spirits up, then maybe it is time to reevaluate your job and career and make decisions that are best for you.