10 Tips to achieve Happiness at Work
It is Human nature to be excited about any new thing or change in the routine life. We all enjoy any new energy or vibes but as life presses the fast forward button things begin to change. One gets adapted to that change and it’s not exciting anymore. The more life & routine happens the more we look elsewhere to bring that jinx in life again. I am not only talking about excitement which is related to professional or workplace happiness but human nature in general.
As a result of routine and anything monotonous, one lacks motivation. It’s normal to feel beaten down by day-to-day routine. In our professional life as well one losses the inspiration and falls short of brilliant ideas he/she once had.
Understanding the unhappiness
While talking about workplace the most important question to ask is – why one may have lost interest in the current profession?
We all get this feeling every now and then and one must introspect rather than hushing those feelings away. Understanding the reasons behind it is very important. Is it because things have changed around or because of the Psychological reasons? Like comparison with others, social security, family issues etc. No offence to anyone but sometimes we create our own storms and cry when it rains. To understand if it’s a genuine storm or a created on is the first step to achieve happiness and stay motivated.
Reasons for Disengagement at Work
Let’s look at why do employees get unhappy after a period of time with the same employment which was a reason for a motivated morning once. Employee engagement is one of the key factors to organizational success. Happiness at work brings productivity at any organization. Generally employees get disengaged due to below mentioned 5 reasons.
- Lack of recognition
- Repetitive tasks
- Communication Gap
- Pay structure
Start by asking yourself – Is there a hope to improve things?
First it is important to realize that it happens to all of us. However, that doesn’t always mean it’s time to move on and start new job search. Definitely there are ways that can help one to feel happy at work again. I have listed some of them below.
START BY MAKING A MOTIVATION PLAN
You are the best person to understand what your triggers are. Ask yourself questions and pen them down.
- Which are the demotivating factors at work?
- What can be done on a personal & professional level to feel better?
- Where: can I reach out to discuss and seek advice?
- When: What’s the time frame in which I want to change things or my thought process about them?
Just by working on your happiness strategy you will be able to feel positive.
START YOUR DAY WITH YOUR FAVORITE WORK
Plan your day in advance. Load your mornings with the work you like the most. We all have days where we get bogged down by details. We all have work that we hate doing. Start your day by ticking annoying and repetitive tasks off of your to-do list. Put it for the middle of the day so that all is well that ends well.
LEARN A NEW SKILL AFTER WORK
It might be time to learn a new skill. Learning something new is beneficial in many ways. Finding happiness outside of work is a great way to find your lost motivation
Distraction: It helps one think of something else than work.
Positive talk: When you do something new there is something positive to talk with your colleagues
There are plenty of places to learn new work-related skills.
Anything new is exciting.
KEEP UP THE CHEMISTRY WITH YOUR MANAGER
It works wonders if you and your manager get along well. For any relationship to work well communication is the key. May be its time you should re-work your responsibilities and tasks with your boss. Make sure you schedule a weekly check-in meeting with your direct manager. Use this time to work out on the the positive communication and motivation factors. Dicuss your concerns, make some mutually agreed arrangements. Seek advice on how to get happiness in the workplace with an open mind for direction.
TAKE A BREAK
If you feel you’ve tried enough and you are tired maybe it’s time for a break. Go for a small holiday, If you want to go on a budget here are my 10 best picks for a budget holiday. Come back rejuvenated and make a new plan to work on your Happiness.
You have a job that feeds you and your family. You’re receiving a salary that helps you fulfill your daily needs. Be thankful for it not because it’s great but because gratitude is a positive feeling. It brings happiness in a small amount to see your family’s financial needs met.
Try to shift your perspective. Recognize the good things about your job, your company, and your coworkers. Gratitude at work can be linked linked to reduced stress and more happiness at work. Use words of encouragement and smile often. You will soon feel it spreading around you.
SELF RECOGNITION FOR ACCOMPLISHED GOALS
We all need to slow down for a sometime and reflect on our accomplishments and celebrate them. We all work hard every day. It’s easy to get so lost in a comparison trap and forget to celebrate our own accomplishments. Take note: Whether it is a small or big achievement, It’s never too late to celebrate. it is your responsibility as to how you can find happiness at work. This doesn’t mean leaving work and drowning yourself in alcohol as a part of celebration. It’s rather sharing the achievements with your loved ones, friends or your well-wishers.
On a serious note it is great thing to practice the habit of celebrating—or at least acknowledging—your achievements. Pen down. Share them. Be happy about them. Give yourself the pat on the back that you deserve. But DO IT!
STAY IN POSITIVE COMPANY
One positive thought pushes away several negative thoughts or Vice versa. If you’re feeling demotivated at work there’s a good chance that you’ve already complained. Knowingly or unknowingly we all discuss things that we don’t find pleasing to us.
Avoid the company of negative coworkers. Challenge their negativity with a positive reply. Always surround yourself with the coworkers who are positive and have a good sense of Humor.
SHIFT YOUR PERSPECTIVE
Try to shift your perspective about unhappy things at work. May be there is a better approach to do things. May be you are putting in too much. It’s time to take breaks in between for you. Do what makes you happy with what you have. It’s as simple as finally taking those unused vacation days or just putting your work phone off every evening. Taking time off helps to clear your thoughts or making yourself open to ideas and inspiration you missed around you.
On a funny note, It could be a possibility that you are born to be the boss not an employee. Here is a good read for you about Entrepreneurship Give it a thought it may work if nothing else is working:)
If you liked my career blog, please share it with your network or anyone who is demotivated. Let’s share it with someone who is looking for workplace motivation around us!
Stay Positive 🙂
2 thoughts on “10 Tips to achieve Happiness at Work”
These are very useful tips and I will definitely be implementing them!
Thank you Kyra 🙂