You should keep in mind that you’re likely to be working into your 60s or later. For that reason, you must enjoy your job role and get satisfaction from your career. People associate job satisfaction with different things – for some, it’s about the monetary benefits, while others want recognition for their hard work and a supportive working environment. Whatever your specific job wants are, being content at work is essential to your overall well-being. People who are happy at work are typically more positive and motivated which results in success in the workplace.
Happy employees also tend to have lower levels of stress and often lead healthier, happier lives outside of the office. Fortunately there are many ways to boost your motivation and maximize enjoyment in the workplace.
With this in mind, here are five ways to be happier at work:
1. Maintain a clutter-free workspace
A messy, cluttered workspace can have a detrimental effect on your productivity and overall performance at work. Having clutter on your desk can act as a distraction and make it difficult for you to carry out your work tasks efficiently i.e. you may be unable to find essential tools or documents. On the other hand, maintaining a clutter-free workspace will help you remain organized and motivated to achieve your work goals. A tidy workspace also helps you make a positive impression at work. According to The Presence Portal – “Your workspace says a lot about your personality and habits. A cluttered unkempt desk is likely to give people a negative impression of your work habits.” To achieve a clutter-free workspace, you should start by removing all items from your workstation.
Then, identify the necessities i.e. anything that you use regularly to complete work tasks such as a computer and stationary. Once you have decluttered your desk, get into the habit of tidying your workspace at the end of each day to prevent clutter and mess from accumulating.
2. Do something you enjoy
One of the most effective ways to be happier at work is by doing something you enjoy and feel passionate about. Remember that the average person spends around 40 hours per week at work. Hence why you must get enjoyment from your work tasks and job role. If you’re unhappy at work and feel a lack of motivation, then consider other jobs that may be more suited to your particular skills and interests.
Do research and try to identify a career path that you will enjoy long-term. For instance, many people report a great sense of happiness and satisfaction from having a career that helps others in some way. Some popular careers that help others include – doctors, nurses, police officers, teachers, and public safety officers. Fortunately, retraining in a new career is now easier than ever with online courses and qualifications. For example, if you’re interested in becoming a public safety officer, then it’s possible to complete a safety management degree online from the comfort of your own home. There is an endless choice of different jobs out there and it’s never too late to find a career that you will enjoy.
3. Take charge of your professional development
There are many reasons why you should continue to develop professionally. Firstly, taking advantage of professional development opportunities will help you advance in your career and demonstrate your dedication and commitment. Improving your knowledge will also help you feel more confident in the workplace by equipping you with the skills needed to complete your work tasks efficiently. If your employer is not offering training and development opportunities, then there are several ways to take charge of your professional development:
- Gain an industry certification – Many industries offer certifications to expand your current professional skills and enhance your resume. For instance, IT professionals can gain a Microsoft Certified IT Professional credential, and accounting professionals can complete a Key Account Certificate Program.
- Enroll in an online course – There is an extensive variety of online courses available to develop your professional skills. Most of these courses are flexible and can be completed at your own pace, alongside work and other commitments.
- Find a mentor – Receiving guidance from a leader in your industry can be hugely valuable. Find someone you admire in your industry and ask whether they would be willing to share any advice and tips on how to be successful and excel in your chosen career.
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4. Focus on building relationships at work
Many research studies have found that there is a direct link between work relationships and productivity. According to a survey by themuse.com, a massive 70% of employees state that work friends are the most important element of a happy working life. The poll also found that employees who have a close friend at work receive 137% more personal development support. You should make an effort to build meaningful connections with your team members and support your colleagues in the workplace. Making friendships in the office will increase your engagement and help create a more fun and enjoyable working environment.
5. Take regular breaks
One of the main reasons why people are unhappy at work is due to high levels of stress. Regular breaks allow employees to relax, recharge, and de-stress before returning to their work tasks. Failing to take enough breaks throughout the day can lead to a buildup of stress which will have a negative impact on your mental state and overall performance. According to experts, you should take a break every 50-90 minutes.
Research has found that after a break, employees return to work tasks with increased levels of energy, creativity, and motivation. It is recommended that a break should last between 15 to 20 minutes and involve moving away from your computer and workstation. At lunch time, get out of the office and switch off from your work responsibilities to give yourself time to recharge and de-stress. Avoid eating your lunch at your desk. Instead, try to leave the office and get some fresh air and exercise by going for a walk around town or in the park.