Are you happy with your job? A recent study indicates that 88% of people leave their jobs, not because they want more money, but because they're unhappy. Does that mean employees are doomed to struggle through each day just for the sake of a check? Definitely not. In fact, you are the one who is in control of your happiness at work. Check out the following tips on how to maximize your happiness without minimizing your paycheck.
Avoid Negative Self-Talk
You are your own worst critic. That much you know. But what may be news is that there are ways to mitigate the effects of that little bully in your head. To succeed, you have to become aware of when your self-critical voice starts barraging you with destructive input—and then take action. To do this, take the following steps:
- Slow down and pay close attention to your thoughts. Take a moment to identify the negative voice.
- Then put the thought into perspective. It's not an all-seeing, wise judge. It's only a thought—one that is most likely inaccurate. This takes the power away from it.
- Talk back to it. Defeat the negative thought by firmly disagreeing. This helps invalidate the negativity.
- Say something positive about yourself instead. This changes the rhetoric by filling your mind with positivity. It provides a counterbalance to get you back to a state of happy equilibrium.
Make Real Connections at Work
While many people choose to keep their jobs and their personal lives separate, this may be hurting their happiness. Not that you have to reveal your deepest, darkest secrets to the new guy who just started that morning, but you can form genuine bonds with fellow employees. To make this happen safely and without sacrificing professionalism, try the following:
- Set up an off site lunch date every now and then. Sitting in a comfortable, non-work setting can help bring your guard down. Kick back, relax, and enjoy the food and conversation.
- When talking with people, show real interest in what they have to say. This will make you a better friend, and when you need support, they will be more likely to be there to help.
- Hang out outside of work every now and then. This can be a casual dinner with you and your family or just a quick drink after hours.
It may feel as if you are crossing boundaries by doing these things, but that's not the case. The relationship is still, ultimately, defined by the job. If one of you ends up leaving, there won't be hard feelings if the relationship dwindles. And you never know; it might flourish for years.
In the end, it's all about having a support system at work. The first and most important half of the support system is you, and the second is your fellow team members. To begin finding a job where you can be happy, please contact us.
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