Being happy and satisfied in your career is something that everyone strives for. Let’s face it, the average career professional will work approximately 90,000 hours in their lifetime. With that said, happiness and satisfaction is critical to get by on a daily basis in the workplace. Happiness and satisfaction don’t just magically though. Aristotle said it perfectly when he said “Happiness depends upon ourselves.”
Here are 5 ways to gain satisfaction and happiness in the workplace:
1. Remind yourself of the purpose of your work. Taking a moment to step back and look at the big picture and the purpose of your job will make your tasks and accomplishments in the workplace more rewarding.
2. Challenge yourself. Sometimes we get too comfortable in our daily routines. Remember that it is important for your own personal growth to take the occasional step out of your comfort zone. Taking chances and coming out of your comfort zone is a wonderful thing in the workplace because it creates variety in your day-to-day life at work and mixes it up. Plus, trying new things shows others around you that you are proactive and willing to rise up and take on new challenges.
3. Set goals and work towards them. We have all heard of the expression “no pain, no gain.” This is something that is very true in the everyday lives of people in the workplace. By setting goals for yourself you give yourself something to work towards. When you reach your goals you’ll gain a sense of accomplishment and feel more valuable in the workplace.
4. Get connected and develop a social circle. It’s easy to not like work when you don’t feel like you fit in at the office. You should get to know the people that you are working with and take interest in their lives (while keeping it HR appropriate). You don’t have to become best friends with everyone at work, but feeling socially comfortable at work is crucial to your own happiness at the workplace.
5. Proactively look for opportunities for growth. Make your day more than just coming in and punching the clock and doing the same daily routine. Take some time to search for new opportunities within your job that can help you grow as an employee and as a person.
Happiness is a decision. You are in control of your own happiness, so take the reins and take steps to obtain it in the workplace. What have you done to be happier in the workplace?Photos courtesy of 123RF
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