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How to Be Happier With Work

Happier At Work

Happier At Work

Many of us grow tired and weary at our jobs because we feel like it isn't worth the time or that we're only there to make money and leave. However, it is possible to be happy with your job.

There are many things we can do to have our needs met while in our workplace and some things are under our control which we can tweak and help us determine what makes us happy.

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Happiness

Happiness and satisfaction are subjective concepts – while for some of us monetary benefits can be equated with job satisfaction, some might strive for recognition of their hard-work and los...

Workplace Happiness defined

In a fundamental sense, workplace happiness comes when:

  • We enjoy doing the tasks assigned to us
  • We feel right about the people we are working with
  • We are happy with the financial benefits we get from the job
  • We have the scope of improving our existing skills
  • We feel respected and acknowledged at work
Importance Of Happiness At Work

Happy employees are compulsory for a growing business.

A study on organizational success revealed that employees who feel happy in the workplace are 65% more energetic than employees who don’t. They are two times more productive and are more likely to sustain their jobs over a long period of time.

Unhappiness at work
Among the factors contributing to this were 
  • poor work-life balance
  • workers feeling underappreciated in their positions 
  • and 
  • people ...
How to be happier at work
  • Figure out what truly motivates you, how do you define enjoyment, success, and fulfillment.
  • Conduct an energy audit and make changes accordingly. 
  • Take 10-to-15-minute breaks. 
  • Keep a 'smile file'. Keep a running list of your accomplishments, compliments, and thank-you's from real people.
  • Remind yourself of why you like working there.
  • Be disciplined about rest and balance.
  • Don't be 'on' 24/7.
  • Build your network. Develop meaningful relationships with people you admire and respect.
  • Connect your work to your intrinsic values - even if your job does not have a grand purpose, you can live your values.
  • Talk to your boss more often.
  • Discard the idea of 'right' versus 'wrong'.
The Relationship Between Goals And Burning Out
The Relationship Between Goals And Burning Out

Effective goal-setting underlies the fundamental aspect of your motivation and keeps stressful situations at bay.

If you don’t set goals in positive, attainable ways, you may fall i...

Reorganizing Your Goal Hierarchy

As losing resources is more likely to cause burnout than gaining resources is to mitigate it, dealing with the negative aspects is more beneficial than using positive “band-aid” fixes. You want to drive down uncertainty and inefficiency to ensure that you aren’t doing unnecessary tasks and minimize your emotional exhaustion. To do that:

  1. Create a chart and place your major goal at its top, followed by layers of very specific subgoals needed to attain the major goal.
  2. Find and fix the inefficiencies in your goal hierarchy.
  3. Determine the attainability of each goal.
Burnout Symptoms And Signs Of Exhaustion
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Impaired concentration/ forgetfulness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Anxiety
  • Increased illness
  • Physical symptoms
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Gastrointestinal pain
  • Depression
  • Interpersonal problems.