There is always a great deal of pressure in the work environment. Some of it is created by the squeeze the recession puts on many businesses, and some by the people we spend the day with. But, there is no reason that the atmosphere surrounding you must be dire as well. Happier, more contented workers do more work, and do better work. And, better work is the only way to weather many of the current storms of change.
No matter what position we hold in our companies, we are able to take charge of the way we think to increase our own job satisfaction and have a positive influence on our colleagues.
Making Yourself Happier at Work
1. Deal in what is…
- Every single job has some unpleasant duties.
- If your position prevents you from being able to change the situation in which you currently find yourself, try to accept it.
- For instance, look for the humor in having to complete a detailed form that you know no one ever will ever read or devote your excess energy to thinking about more constructive things.
2. Give yourself breaks.
- Giving yourself a rest is good for your emotional health and productivity.
- Stand up and step away from your desk and computer for a few minutes every hour.
- Take time to speak with your coworkers as long as you are not distracting them from their work.
3. Sieze control.
- Feeling in control is a very important and often overlooked factor in our job satisfaction.
- Plan ahead to make your work more pleasant.
- Keep your to projects list and do lists up to date.
- Set a timeline for your major projects.
- Your supervisor may appreciate your initiative and you will avoid the added stress of leaving things until the last minute.
4. Organize your workspace.
- It is much easier to feel relaxed if your surroundings are in good and decent order.
- Move away clutter.
- Keep frequently used supplies and important files in a places where you can access them easily.
5. Become fully engaged.
- You may find your work more interesting if you actually devote your complete attention to it.
- Look for ways to streamline the most routine of your tasks.
- Practice active listening while presentations are going on. Take notes and ask follow up questions.
6. Think less negatively.
- Focus on the things you like that you do enjoy about your job and the people with whom you work.
- Remind yourself of all the reasons you have to be grateful, such as opportunities to travel or flexible hours so you can attend your child’s football games.
7. Play your strengths.
- Identify your personal strong points and put them to work for you.
- Whether you are a particularly good writer or an effective salesperson, volunteer to take on other assignments that will make the most of your talents; especially the ones not being actively used by your current tasks.
8. What’s with your motivation?
- Keep in the forefront of your mind the purpose and mission of your work.
- You may feel a personal affinity with the mission statement of your employer or simply feel the gratification of knowing that you are providing for yourself and your family.
Helping Your Colleagues Feel Better At Work
1. Look at others with affection.
- It is pretty simple to have cordial relations with your coworkers if you decide to like them.
- Think about your feelings for your family and friends and try to extend some of those positive emotions to everyone you interact with.
- Find something you like about each of your colleagues and focus on that quality when you engage them.
2. Regard all others with compassion.
- The people you find difficult often are the most in need of kindness.
- Imagine yourself in the other person’s position during a conflict to understand where they may be coming from.
3. Praise generously and openly.
- Seek out the good qualities and skills that your colleagues possess.
- Let them know that you appreciate their strengths and contributions.
4. Help where and when you can.
- Jump in when your coworkers ask for help.
- Pay attention and notice when someone has extra work so you can volunteer your assistance without needing to be asked.
The ways in which we think about our work can lift our spirits and make us better coworkers.
You spend a good deal of your life at the job, so try a few of these tips to make it a better time for yourself and the people you work with.