How to Increase Your Happiness in the Workplace

Posted on Friday, June 29, 2018 by The Workplace AdvisorNo comments

If you’ve been feeling unhappy at work, then going into the office can feel like it requires a lot of effort and energy. In permanent or temporary jobs, people can become unhappy at work for many reasons. Some people become discontented because they aren’t being challenged or listened to, whilst others lose enthusiasm when relationships with colleagues break down. Maybe you’re feeling overworked, underpaid, and finding it hard to strike the right work-life balance? Whatever the reason, there are plenty of way you can improve your happiness at work.

Adapt your outlook

You may be able to improve your feelings about your current role by changing your attitude to work and focusing on the positives. This could be done by avoiding co-workers who negatively impact on your mood and instead seeking out colleagues whose company you enjoy. Of course, it may not always be possible, but you could ask to be moved to another department or team if you suspect your colleagues are the source of your unhappiness.

Make yourself heard

Sometimes, more communication is what it takes to ensure your discontent is addressed and eliminated. Inform your employer if you feel your current tasks are holding back your development and you’re ready for a new challenge. If they’re unwilling to co-operate, it may be time to seek out new opportunities.

Or maybe you’re unable to fulfil your duties because the instructions you’ve been given are vague or you haven’t received sufficient training. Again, it’s better to make your voice heard rather than suffering in silence. Ask for feedback so you can get a better idea of how you’re performing, as well as clearer instructions and more training.

Avoid burnout

Don’t commit to more than you can handle. It can be tempting to accept as much overtime as is available to source extra cash, but this can leave you feeling burnt out quickly. Only commit to the extra duties you can take on without becoming tired or ill. If you’re feeling lonely at work, try making an extra effort to connect with colleagues you don’t know well. You may find you have more in common than you think.

A poor diet can also lead to feelings of unhappiness and discontentment. Try to consume sufficient amounts of water, fruit, and vegetables and avoid sugary snacks that leave you feeling lethargic following a brief burst of energy. Try to make sure you have fulfilling activities to look forward to during evenings and weekends.

When all else fails

If you try all of these steps and still find yourself feeling negative about your current role, it may be time to look for alternatives. Even if you are unable to leave your job immediately, the prospect of a more fulfilling role can be enough to get you through your remaining days. If you’re looking for your next temporary or permanent PA job or office support job in London, get in touch with the team at Love Success today, and we can help you find a role you’ll be happy in.

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