Here we go, part 2 of our blog on being happy at work. To recap, in part 1 we spoke about dong meaningful work, creating an office nest where you feel at home, developing good friendships at work, having a future orientation and planning for that, and, so simple, smiling.
So what other tips are offered from the Inc.com article on being happy at work?
- Say thank you
“Receiving expressions of gratitude makes us feel a heightened sense of self-worth, and that in turn triggers other helpful behaviors toward both the person we are helping and other people that are around us, too.”
These are the words of an associate professor from Harvard Business School called Francesca Gino. She has studied how emotions influence decisions.
“People might just not realize how powerful expressions of gratitude are”
- Take a breather
Want to be creative, cheerful, and competent? You need to take a breather now and then to refresh. This need only be a minute, but it will also assist you to get on better with others and to take the feedback they give. Of course taking a good break away from work is also important. Have you planned your next holiday?
- Accept people for who they are
Do you find yourself caught in complaining about the same people? Daylle Schwartz (Author of Nice Girls Can Finish First) says one of the most important lessons you can learn is to accept that you don’t have to like what people do. But you do have to accept people as they are and decide how you deal with them. You cannot change people.
Rather than let a personality or repeated action out you off course, remain professional, perhaps even take a step back and count to 10 if you need to.
“Change your response in place of trying to change them”
- Don’t multitask
This myth has now been busted, multitasking wastes more time than it saves, according to a Stanford University Professor. He also says it decreases concentration and creativity.
Focus on one task at a time (like reading this blog!)
- Reflect on the day
Remember we spoke about meaning in the last blog, and finding it in your work? Don’t forget to reflect on what your day has meant to you, and to note down a few positive elements that show why your work matters to you.
Make time to be happy at work in small ways. What are your tips?