We spend a large chunk of our time at work so it would make it more enjoyable if we were happy at work. But how do you do that when you are not enjoying what you do, you don’t like the place where you work or the people you work with and you would love to escape to the 9-5 or find yourself a new job. Well I am here to tell you that it is possible.
You see sometimes a lot of what is happening in the workplace is out of your control but to be happier at work, there is one thing that you can control that will make a massive impact on your happiness at work. Your mindset.
If nothing changes but your mindset, I can guarantee that you can feel happier. So here are 7 strategies to help you get more happy at work. But please be mindful that if you implement all of these, you may find your happiness increases at work..
1. Be grateful.
Gratitude has scientifically been known to have a positive benefit on our health and mindset. You see there may be lots of things that you do not like but what about if you focused on what you are grateful for about your job. Does it give you a regular income? Does it satisfy your need for security? Can you work from home sometimes? Practising gratitude on a daily basis helps to shift your mindset from a negative to a positive state of mind.
Tip – write down 3 things everyday that you are grateful for and make at least one of them about your job.
2. Focus on what is going well
Again this is a great way to train your mindset to look for the good in what you do. It’s so easy to focus on what we don’t like that we forget to notice what is going well right now.
Tip – each day before you start to work, write down 3 things that are new and good. Train your brain to focus on the good stuff first so you start your working day in the right way
3. Set healthy boundaries
Years ago before mobile phones and wifi, work would very much be left at the office until you returned the next day. People used to take a lunch break each day. However with the introduction of technology the lines have blurred between work and home life. Now I know you think that you need to be available 24/7 but it is not good for you if you don’t have some down time to let your mind rest and do other things that are important to you.
Tip – Make some adjustments to how you work. Can you set some healthy boundaries to phone use, working hours and taking breaks from work during the day.
4. Be the change maker
There is a saying that says “you can’t control how others behave but you can control how you respond to it”. Now I am not saying this is easy but it is your choice. Deciding to make a conscious effort to respond differently to others can have a positive impact. So be the one to rise above it and importantly be the one who takes the time to smile at a colleague, pay a compliment to someone, enjoy a laugh with someone, send someone a complimentary email.
Tip – Set your intention each morning that you will spread happiness in some way in your working day
5. Don't moan or gossip
People who are not happy at work can have a tendency to partake in gossip about the business or moan about what they don't like. The business practices, their boss other departments, colleagues etc. It is so easy to get drawn into this but gossip and moaning is just a waste of energy as it doesn’t achieve anything and all that negative talk can have an impact on your happiness.
Tip – make a commitment that you will stop moaning and when people are moaning and gossiping practice making no comments or being brave and contradicting what they say.
6. Discover what makes you happy
There are things in every job that we like and do not like doing. Certain tasks can bring certain energy but rather than focusing on what doesn’t make you happy, get clear on what does make you happy and aim to do more of it.
Tip – write a list of all the things that make you happy which is around tasks and people, so you have a work happy list
7. Say yes to new opportunities
It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut at work so looking for new opportunities can be a way to bring more happiness into your day to day work. There may be opportunities to get involved in things and if these things feature on your happy list above, then that could bring more happiness into your work.
Tip – your boss isn’t a mind reader so ask for new opportunities – you don’t get if you don’t ask!
If you really don’t like where you work you may need to work on your exit plan. It may be that you need support to figure out what your next move is as I know when I was unhappy I knew I wanted change but had no idea how to approach it. Getting support from a coach was invaluable in this process.
In the meantime whilst you figure out your next career move, you could implement these tips so that at least whilst you are figuring it out and planning your next career move, you could bring a little (or a lot) more happiness to you day.
If you are ready to figure out your next steps and you would like to explore working with me on a 1:1 basis, then click here to book a discovery call with me and see whether we could be the right fit to work together.