There are a number of small changes you can make to be happier at work, ranging from renewing your sense of purpose to getting a new workstation. Here’s a look at the ten best ways to improve workplace happiness.
10 tips to a happier workplace
1- Sense of purpose:
Re-orient your goals. When you start the job you’re in you were probably full of ideas for what you would achieve. Re-evaluate your current position and how you can make it exciting and challenging again.
2- Leave personal problems at home
One sure-fire way to unhappiness at work is to blur the lines between work and home life. See yourself taking off the “home” hat when you enter work and put on the “work” hat – give yourself separation between the two and you won’t feel bogged down by problems.
3- Look to the future
It’s important to look forward – did you expect to still be in this role years down the line? Figure out what your next move should be, but don’t expect it just to happen. Take on training and personal development and take control of shaping the future of your career.
4- Take a break
Regular breaks are important at work. This doesn’t just mean scheduled coffee breaks and lunches. Get up from your desk and go talk to your colleagues in the other team instead of emailing. Getting away from your desk regularly for even five minutes will boost your energy.
5- Stay hydrated
You should be drinking around 2 litres of water a day, but few of us do. That leads to irritability, headaches and sluggishness. Keep a quality 500ml water bottle on your desk and refill it four times a day – job done!
If you feel swamped with your workload, there’s no way you can be happy. Take an overview – work out what needs to be done and prioritise it. Use to-do pads or apps to break your day down into manageable chunks.
7- Learn small talk
Small talk is an art – not everyone can do it naturally. Learn to ask questions to your colleagues – simple things like “Are you watching anything good on TV now?” can spark conversation and build relationships.
8- Share ideas
Collaborate! Ideas are generated by sharing suggestions and asking questions, so don’t keep the blinkers on and focus on your own work – get involved!
9- Forget office politics
Office gossip and politics are toxic – this is one area not to get involved in. If someone presents you with gossip just say, “Oh really?” and change the subject.
10- Design your own space
Make your workstation your own. Customise it to suit your needs and make it comfortable. You spend a third of your life at work, so make sure it’s somewhere you enjoy working.
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