How do you find happiness at work?
That made me think for few minutes. I am blessed to have a work that I enjoy. I have a wonderful boss and the nicest officemates. That is a blessing that I am really grateful for. Then I started reflecting… Here are some of the things that I personally believe could contribute to a happy/blissful work atmosphere:
1. Have a good working relationship with your Boss and Officemates.
Whether you like it or not, you need to work closely with your boss and officemates. Hence, it would be important to have a good, happy, and healthy relationship with them. Respect them, be friendly and approacheable. Don’t be confine in your own world – interact with your officemates.
As for me, I eat my breakfast, lunch, and early dinner with my officemates. During those meal times, we share stories (both professional and personal) with one another. We spend time…
2. Conduct yourself properly.
Nothing is more annoying than a bad-mouthed, noisy and unprofessional officemate – and you don’t want that person to be you! Practice the simple gestures of saying “Good morning / Good afternoon or Good evening”, “thank you”, “sorry”. Answer the phone properly. Appreciate your officemates. Organize your workspace.
These reminders are not just meant to preserve the sanity of your officemates but also for yourself. If you know how to conduct yourself properly, you will be respected and you’ll preserve your dignity at work.
3. Dress appropriately.
You need to wear comfortable yet appropriate clothes at work. If you are working in the office, please wear clothes for the office (not jogging pants, beach dress, shorts, etc.). You feel professional if you look professional.
4. Do your work.
Always remember that you are hired to do your work. You would not want your entire office to suffer because piles of documents are pending on your table. In order to have a good relationship with your boss and officemates, you need to do your work. At the same time, nothing is more fulfilling than to be paid for something that you worked hard for.
5. Get out of the work routine occasionally.
During down time at work, try to read the news or an article that would broaden your knowledge.
At times, instead of having your lunch in the office, treat yourself to a nice and sumptuous lunch. Do something that would break the routine.
6. Have a life outside of work.
Improve yourself and have a life outside of work. Enjoy a new hobby or create your own blog. Attend events. One of the reasons why some people are being burnt out of work because they don’t have a life outside their work.
As for me, I blog during the weekends. I attend events and workshops, spend time with loved ones, cook, paint, or do arts and crafts. In that way, I could improve myself not just professionally but holistically.
7. Have a positive attitude.
Happiness is a choice. You could not find bliss if you are grumpy and carrier of negative vibes. Positive attitude attracts positive vibes. Try to see the silver-lining in every situation. Same as the old adage “Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder”, I would also say that “Happiness lies in the eyes of the beholder”. Two persons could see the same situation in a different manner. Choose happiness!