Are you Happy at Work?

According to a recent survey conducted by The Conference Board, 45 percent of Americans are satisfied with their work. Sounds good, right? But wait – this means that 55 percent of you are not happy. Many factors can be to blame for this decline in workplace-happiness, most notably a troubling economy and staggeringly high unemployment rates, all of which make it more challenging for those of you that do have jobs.If, like most Americans, you spend an average of 8.7 hours either working or on work-related activities during a given day (according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics), finding joy and enthusiasm for your work is important not only for your productivity, but your overall well-being. So how do you bring back joy? It might sound simple, but finding it can be as easy as shifting your attitude.

  • • Avoid situations that are frustrating or negative – negative talk, spending energy on frustrating issues or simply being in a bad mood. When you pay more attention on the “hot buttons” that impact your mood, you are better prepared to set them aside and focus on more productive things.
  • • Be cooperative with your co-workers. You’ll find that this gesture alone will encourage an environment that’s both cordial and productive, which contributes to everyone’s sense of well-being.
  • • Find little ways to bring a sense of fun to work daily – go to lunch, share a joke, celebrate personal events, etc.
  • • Do a full day’s work. At the end of the day, putting in a day’s effort will leave you with a sense of accomplishment.

Ultimately, entering any setting, office or otherwise, with a positive attitude will keep negativity at bay and keep you more focused on that little thing all of us are searching for – joy.

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