Am I happy with what I’m doing at work and where do I stand right now? The question slowly lingers in anyone’s mind when they reach a certain period of time in their work life in the office or whatever work it may be. Actually, you might be a little bit surprised to hear this but it is actually quite normal to doubt and ask yourself this type or kind of question, so don’t fret and worry about it too much. Okay?
The question and reasoning behind the theory are what we all learned before and remember in our psychology and philosophy subjects as “human nature”. The old saying “I’m human that’s why” basically sums what human nature is. It is something that differentiates us from the other species on the planet.
The human mind whether we like or not suddenly gets triggered sometimes and then questions the satisfaction as well as contentment of the individual right on the spot. In Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs, it does state that humans do need to feel and have love or belonging in the world. We seek the vast and immense earth for the warmth and happiness we all know and deserve.
You might be thinking, enough with the life lessons man, how does being happy apply to my team members and their workloads, how is it even connected to the betterment of my organization?
Well, here is a simple explanation of what happiness is all about regarding the business industry. Being a happy employee or a person contented with what he does as a whole in an organization does play an important factor. There are a lot of studies regarding how happiness impacts the productivity down to the performance of employees in an organization. Guess what? The latter part of the topic has been able to find out that a happy employee gets more work done and does a better job on projects assigned to them rather than those people who do not approach projects being handled with a happy and optimistic attitude.
There may be a few different reasons for an individual to feel this kind of way, but here are several tips to consider if you want to stay happy at your work.
Choose to Be Happy
Happiness is a choice, a very cliché line to start a how to be happy tutorial, Is it not? Well, putting in the jokes and laughs aside, it is true in a certain degree that we have the choice to be happy. Well, I know for a fact that it easier said than done. Let’s face the facts and stare into reality for a second, we all have different circumstances and employers when we come to our jobs. But if you become optimistic enough and face positively head on whatever comes into your way then you’re in the right track to becoming happy.
Your mind is a powerful gift, you decide how you will handle situations in work or in a widespread life in general. Never underestimate the ability of the human mind to conquer, solve problems creatively and what pouring your emotions into something can achieve in the long run.
“No one has the power to make you happy or unhappy unless you allow them.”
― Debasish Mridha
Do Something You Love Everyday
Doing what your passion is or what you actually want to do plays a ginormous impact on how happy you can become in your work zone. Finding something you love about your job helps you create a deeper connection and understanding with what you do.
It may be to your best interest to know that if you love something to a certain extent the more chances the individual will be motivated, productive and in a better light happier in the workplace. If you are doing what you love to do, then whatever work it may be, you will be ten times happier I can assure you. The love for the job you do will always be reflected in the results and final outcome of your projects.
“Do what you love to do and give it your very best. Whether it’s business or baseball, or the theater, or any field. If you don’t love what you’re doing and you can’t give it your best, get out of it. Life is too short. You’ll be an old man before you know it.” – Al Lopez
Take Charge of Your Own Development
Sometimes the reason behind the self-doubt and negativity that you suddenly feel in the workplace is due to the fact that there is no growth and progress that is happening. When you feel this way, feel free to take charge of your own development and create ways for employee growth to prosper.
Working does not necessarily mean that learning and development will suddenly stop, Not at the slightest. The human mind wants you to expand your horizons and seek change. To be happy in the workplace you should try to think outside of the box sometimes, go out of your comfort zone and do your best to learn, develop and progress.
“Take charge of your life! The tides do not command the ship. The sailor does.”
― Ogwo David Emenike
Ask for Feedback Frequently
Learn to ask the opinions and feedbacks of your fellow supervisors and workmates. Not only will it help you improve your future projects, but you will also be able to gain insight into what others have to say with the work that you did or presented. There will always be room for improvement and likewise, whether positive or negative comments have been made you will able to learn a new and be happier hearing what others have to say.
Feedbacks are a great opportunity for improving communication in the workplace. Good communication will just mean better understanding between individuals and mitigate misunderstandings and stress in the workplace better.
“I think it’s very important to have a feedback loop, where you’re constantly thinking about what you’ve done and how you could be doing it better. I think that’s the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself. “- Elon Musk
Being happy means doing your best avoid the opposite of it, which is negativity. Surround yourself with a positive atmosphere and handle things with a positive attitude.
Avoiding negativity will be best, simply walk away from all the gossip, bad attitude and people trying to bring you down. You will be happier when you learn to avoid or ignore all the bad things in life, or in your workplace.
“I am someone who can’t hold on to negativity or hold on to grudges. I might feel something at a certain point, but I get tired after that. I don’t carry it with me. I forgive and forget very easily, and that’s the only way to be happy and peaceful.” – Deepika Padukone
Look for a Different Job
When all else fails, maybe the work that you have right now may not be your calling. Try to reevaluate yourself and establish a decision if the job you currently have is something that you truly are satisfied with.
There are a lot of opportunities out there, sometimes a wakeup call is needed for you to realize that you want something else or if your heart is in the right place, to begin with.
Maybe a goodbye is a bittersweet ending for achieving happiness, but if you could not tolerate the discontentment anymore, it is healthier to leave and start a new beginning to find happiness somewhere else.
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” – Steve Jobs