Five Ways to find Happiness at Work

May 01, 2013
Five Ways to find Happiness at Work


Is that possible? Many of us are challenged by workplaces that are less than blissful. Lack of employee recognition, co-worker conflict, customers or clients that we’d rather not serve, and products or services that we don’t believe in… You might be tempted to say ‘leave’, but wait, there is a way to find happiness within less than perfect circumstances!

1.  Be true to self – don’t sell your soul just to make a buck. Sometimes you have to take a job that has you doing things you don’t really believe in. Stick it out as a stepping stone to something better. You’ll be surprised how much you can put up with if you know the present discomfort is temporary. Just be sure that you’re not doing something that crosses your moral or ethical boundaries.

2.  Do your best – find ways to excel within your work environment. Prove yourself to be the one they can come to for help, support, encouragement and guidance. All this can be done within the framework of a less than desirable job. What you’re doing is developing skills that will launch you into something much better. Think of it as professional development. All the while keeping your eye out for the opportunity to move into something better; either within your current workplace, or somewhere new.

3.  Learn to resolve conflict – If there is more than one human in the room, there will be conflict. Be willing to consider another’s opinion and be a good listener. If the issue is not serious, sometimes the best strategy is simply to let it roll off your back.

4.  Find the fun in a situation – but be careful that it is not at someone else’s expense, unless you’re sure that your relationship is strong enough to bear it. For instance, a healthy group can embrace well-intended jesting and distribute it equitably amongst the group. This jousting strengthens the bonds even more. However, if someone feels picked on the mood can darken in a hurry.

5.  Everyone has bad days – where they say and do things they regret. If it’s more serious than that, do your best to resolve it through open dialogue and be willing to make changes if need be. It’s important to express your opinions and concerns in an unemotional way and not to direct attacks at the other party. Communication is the key to avoiding conflict in the first place, and ultimately resolving it. 

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