For a lot of people, the idea of being happy at work seems like an unattainable goal. Given that humans probably spend more time at work than just about anywhere else, staying happier in our jobs is important. When we’re happy, we are more productive, which will make our employers happier. We have a few habits that you can develop right now to help you become a little happier in your job—and your life. As a bonus, these tips will also make you more productive.
Tips for Work Happiness
The first tip is simple, but most of us probably neglect it. Start your day with something that you love. Most of us wake up and jump right into the getting ready for work routine. Rushing to work can be stressful and chaotic. But what if you changed things up and took even a short walk before work? What if you went to be a little earlier, got up a little earlier, and had more time to drink your coffee and relax before booting up your computer?
Another tip is to cut down on your multitasking. Studies show we aren’t as good at it as we think we are. Try to block out times every day where you answer non-urgent emails, calls, and IMs so that you can concentrate more efficiently on your daily tasks. Let your team know you are blocking production time on your calendar and will avoid Slack or other chat programs during that time.
Try taking a walk after lunch. This is especially important for remote workers, who can open their computer early, immerse themselves in tasks, and sometimes forget to stand up. Set routines that give your body and mind a break throughout the day to help your body and mind. This will help you feel happier, and when you return to working, you will find that you are more focused and refreshed.
At work, start your day with the task you dread the most. Get it out of the way and work towards the task that you enjoy. This will not only give you something to look forward to in your day but also help you tackle the worst thing first when you’re fresh and ready to start your day.
Make friends at work. Studies show that people with friends at work are happier. Take the time to get to know your coworkers. This is harder if you’re a remote employee, so why not schedule a virtual happy hour with your friends at work once a month so you can see them, interact, and decompress? This will help strengthen your bond with coworkers, help with team collaboration, and even make you a little more optimistic about your job.
Stop taking things so personally. It’s easy to assume tone from an email or instant message. Instead of shooting back an instant reply that potentially escalates the communication, step back from your computer, take a breath, and maybe a break. (Standing up is a good idea, too.) The whole idea is to give yourself some perspective before replying. This will help you regain your computer and happiness before moving forward with your response.
If all of these tips don’t help your happiness, maybe the reality is that it’s time for a new job. IES works with job seekers to find them a professional home where they are happier and more productive. We can help you, too. Contact us today.