Work may be necessary, but that doesn’t mean it has to be … so much work. If you rarely enjoy what you do for a living, it may be time to make some changes. Here are a few things you can do to improve your happiness at work.
Sure, you’re supposed to be all-in on the company’s success, but what good are you to the company if you’re not enjoying what you’re doing? To be happy with our jobs, we have to be in it for ourselves. That doesn’t mean you should goof off or not care about company goals, but it does mean you should seek out personal meaning in addition to helping your company succeed. That can include finding satisfaction in your work friends or allowing yourself to feel a sense of accomplishment for winning accolades and promotions.
It’s your job—shouldn’t you have a say in what you do? If there are tasks that make you miserable or tasks you aren’t doing that you think you would enjoy and excel at, tell your manager. You may be surprised by how much you can tailor your job to meet your interests.
You’re not in this alone. You almost certainly have colleagues, clients, vendors, or support staff you work with regularly. These people are team members, and your success is intertwined with theirs. If you make it a point to offer them help and accept their help when they offer it to you, you’ll likely feel more involved and more essential, which can help make you happier.
If you assume the worst, it’s really hard to be your best. Try starting your day with a positive affirmation rather than a groan or grumble, and try ending your day by thinking about what you achieved rather than what went wrong. Additionally, avoid negative habits like eating junk food and never exercising. The more you model positivity, the more you’re likely to feel positive.
Sometimes, a job just isn’t for you. If you think you’re in that situation, there’s nothing wrong with changing jobs. If you’re tied to your company, a move to a new department might do the trick. Of course, you can always consider a new employer, too. And if happiness is your goal, you might consider a company with a mission of social change. Working for an employer in the helping profession or that is focused on good works might provide a great backdrop for your happiness. Consider B Corporation companies and ones you know have a heart.
If you need additional skills for a new job, online education can make earning a degree easier. For example, at Walden University, you can earn many kinds of business degrees and technology degrees from your computer at home. The right degree could be your ticket to finding a job that makes you happy.