Workplace happiness’… what is it?
For some people, the meaning is clear, but studies show that not everyone is lucky enough to experience it. In fact, studies have revealed that 1 in 3 UK employees lack workplace happiness.
Does this apply to you? Does every day feel like Monday? If so, what can you do to beat this unlucky fortune?
Boosting your mood is the simplest way to feel happier at work, which is proven to improve focus and productivity and reduce stress, lowering the risk of permanent damage to the body.
Following on from our blog last week about knowing when you’re ready to move jobs, we wanted to offer some tips on how to tweak your workday habits, to help you find happiness in your current role before taking that new opportunity!
Try to smile more! Doing so will allow others to perceive you as approachable and kind. When you smile, your brain releases tiny molecules called neuropeptides to help fight off stress. This positivity will not only increase motivation but also create happier workplace relationships.
We have included a guide on 13 ways to instantly be a more positive person…
2. Get Active
Get active in your lunch break. In the wise words of Elle Woods, “exercise gives you endorphins, endorphins make you happy“.
So, use your lunch break to get some exercise. Even a steady stroll will do. Taking breaks at work is important to prevent burnout, so make sure you reward your hard work with a break to feel refreshed, re-energised and ready to put your all into your role.
3. Happy Foods
Foods high in vitamin D have anti-depressant effects, especially mushrooms. Dark chocolate too, is known for its positive effects- it raises endorphins to boost mood. Coffee has been linked to energy and kindness, so make sure you don’t skip your morning brew- it might help you achieve workplace happiness!
… your workspace. Photos, calendars, cards, even your desktop background, are all good ways of making your workspace truly ‘yours’. A fun work mug would work too, so that you to feel at home, at work!
Organisation is a key skill to have in the workplace. Planning out daily tasks enables you to know exactly what your day will encounter and provides some clear direction. Arriving ready to start the day, reduces stress and allows you to start your tasks as soon as you arrive. So, use this to get the most out of your day… and discover a happier work-you.
Opportunity for promotion and career-based development will surely keep you challenged and motivated towards achieving your goals. If you have tried all these strategies and still feel unhappy, then perhaps it may be time to consider new career opportunities…
If you feel this way, contact one of our constultants below to arrange a call. Or take a look at our recent blog, ‘Are you Ready for a New Job?’
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