3 Ways to Be Happier at Work


Although the majority of Americans (51%) report that they are satisfied with their jobs, what does that mean for the other 49%? Considering that employee happiness can be tied directly to employee productivity, the quality of our work is affected by how you feel on any given day. This can become even more problematic during the winter months when Seasonal Depression is at its highest, and our jobs are especially demanding with the start of a new year. So, what can you do at work to be happier and as a result, more productive?

Start the Day Off Right

How you start your day matters. In this study, researchers observed the moods and productivity of customer service representatives. Those who had positive interactions with customers were in better spirits in the morning and went on to champion more productive days. So, do whatever you need to do before work to get yourself in this mindset. For some, it may be eating a full, nutritious breakfast. It is hard to stay focused if your stomach won’t stop growling.

For others, it may be taking a walk before work, or even walking for your commute to the office. Studies have shown that as little as 20 minutes of walking can leave you with a greater sense of positivity and energy. This may even lead to a happier start to your day and more productivity in the office. Even an act as simple as listening to your favorite music while enjoying a cup of coffee can shift your mood into a happier, more productive place.

Begin your day with whatever works for you, and get your mind right. The day infinitely times harder when you show up to work with a sense of dread, rather than a smile.

Minimize Controllable Stresses

Stress is one thing that can bury a person’s happiness, which in turn, shrinks productivity. Stress is a normal part of life and experienced by everyone; however, some have a better handle on stress-management than others. If you are stressed out before you even sit down at your desk, you are setting yourself up for a miserable day. We control the things we can control. If you are consistently late to work, consider leaving about ten to fifteen minutes earlier. This extra time will ease your mind of tardiness as a result of unexpected delays along your commute, like traffic.

If you manage others, check-in with them in the mornings so you know exactly what they are doing. If you don’t, you may spend part of your day concerned with what others should be working on. Put this out of your mind by communicating early, so you can focus on your tasks for the day.

Take Care of Yourself

This one sounds so obvious but is often the most neglected by professionals of any field. We all tend to get caught up in our work. Often this is because we are proud of what we do, we want to be successful, it’s busy, or you may be short-staffed. Whatever the reason, failure to take care of your personal needs will undoubtedly decrease your happiness and likely your productivity.

You are a person, not a machine. People need exercise, healthy foods, socialization, relationships, and sleep to reach their maximum potential. The time demanded of these things is often sacrificed in favor of more time in the office, working on the weekends, or company travel. However, failure to address your basic needs will lead to more stress and feeling burnt out of your job.

The Job Market is Too Hot to Be Unhappy


What makes you happy? It seems like a silly, simple question, but when asked, it is often hard to pin down. This is because happiness isn’t determined by just one thing; but rather several factors that are specific to each individual, with their own weight or importance. One of the most significant factors impacting our everyday happiness is our job. In September 2018, the average American worked 34.5 hours per week. If you are unhappy in your current job, you are investing a significant amount of time and energy in a situation you have the power to control.

Leaving a job or changing careers can be stressful, but there has never been a better time to make a switch. With 200,000 open jobs in the US currently, options are abundant, and employers could be looking to fill a position that might be perfect for you. But, in an effort to not feel overwhelmed by such a significant decision, evaluating what happiness in the workplace means to you is an excellent place to start.

Think outside the box

Pros and cons lists are nothing new or revolutionary, but when evaluating a job or career, it’s essential to think outside of the basics of salary, upward mobility, and location. Is there a specific field or topic that doesn’t feel like work to you? Does your company enforce a strict dress code that is uncomfortable or unoriginal? Maybe you would prefer everyone wore ties and held themselves to a more professional standard.

Does your commute often leave you stuck in traffic? Is your schedule flexible enough to accommodate coaching a Little League team? Or maybe you desire a consistent schedule with very little change? Every company and employer are different, but so is every employee and job candidate. Identifying the factors in your life that bring you happiness will help you begin to piece together your ideal job.

Happy employees equal more productivity

Supervisors and bosses should also be looking to hire employees who enjoy their work. Studies have shown that employee happiness is directly related to employee efficiency and production. Happier employees make their companies more money and feel better while doing it.

If you are unhappy with your current job, remember nothing is permanent. Leaving a job can feel like a leap of faith. However, when you can identify the specifics that’ll bring you happiness, you may find that it’s easier than you thought.

If you’re thinking about taking the plunge, now is a perfect time. Check out our jobs board. We may just have the ideal opportunity for you!