You’re in charge of your own happiness. That much is true. However, there are certain situations or environments where you feel like you don’t have control – such as the workplace, and it can greatly affect your mood. A lot of us love our jobs to begin with, but this can soon turn sour if we have doubts about our career path or disagreements with colleagues.
Because our jobs are such a big part of our lives, it’s imperative we do as much as we can when we’re there. So, if you’ve lost the passion and enthusiasm for your job, here are 6 secrets to help you stay happy at work:
Get Out of the Same Old Routine
Repetitive work can be monotonous. Where possible, and if your job role allows it, try to switch things up every now and again. You may have to complete tasks, but you don’t always need to do it in the same way. Try to work on different tasks or use different strengths in your job instead of sticking to your routine. When you do things differently, it can help add a sense of excitement to your day, instead of doing the same old thing.
Learn Something New
Expanding your knowledge is always a good idea. Not only does this give you a feeling of accomplishment, but it may also help you to learn more skills that can help with your job. When you start to feel like boredom and, consequently, dissatisfaction are about to set it in, challenge yourself to learn something new. Take an online course
Too often we underestimate the power of self-care. It’s actually very important for your overall health. To ensure you’re happy at work, you need to start with being happy within yourself! That means treating yourself to an ultracel facelift, a massage, attending yoga classes and making the most of your weekends away from the workplace. By making self-care a part of your routine, you’re giving yourself some much needed “me-time” to leave you feeling refreshed and inspired when you get back to work.
It may be hard if you work in a small office but try to avoid negativity wherever possible. Whether that means removing yourself from a room when some colleagues start to gossip or politely walking away from a conversation with a negative person. No matter how positive you might be personally, negative people can impact the way you feel. You can’t change anyone else, only the way you react to them. Remove yourself from the situation if you feel the negativity radiating off them.
Ask For Feedback
For many people, the annual review is the only time they get any feedback from their boss. It’s also usually the only time you get to share your views. However, it’s also one of the most stressful processes. Therefore, it can be more beneficial if you ask for feedback often. For some people. It’s the only time they get any acknowledgement of their work, and advice on how they could improve. When you receive praise from your boss, it can boost your confidence and reassure you that you’re doing well in your job. This, in turn, makes you happier at work.
Talk to Your Boss
Let your boss know what your professional goals are and ask them to let you take on more projects. There is no harm in asking for change, and your boss will be pleased to see that you’re keen to take on more work.
Essentially, happiness mostly is a choice. You can choose to be happy at work, if you want it enough. Whilst it may sound simple, it is actually difficult to put this plan into action. We all hope to have a good employer, but sadly, many of us don’t. To combat this, we must think positively about our work and avoid any negative coworkers or situations. Find coworkers that you like and get on with and spend time with them when you can.
The choices you make at work have a huge impact on your working experience. Whilst you may or may not love your current job, or believe that you can’t find something in your job which you enjoy, then just take a step back. Look at yourself and your interests and find something you enjoy which you can then project into your work life.