Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Ways to Be Happy at Work – Part 2

We all want to be happy at work, am I right or am I right? If you didn’t mange to catch our part one of this piece, check it out here. Today we have another 5 tips from Susan M. Heathfield, the Guide to Human Resources at About.com to make you feel like home at the workplace!

Make Only Commitments You Can Keep
Create a system of organization and planning that enables you to assess your ability to complete a requested commitment. Don't volunteer if you don't have time. If your workload is exceeding your available time and energy, make a comprehensive plan to ask the boss for help and resources. Don't wallow in the swamp of unkept promises.

Avoid Negativity
Choosing to be happy at work means avoiding negative conversations, gossip, and unhappy people as much as possible. No matter how positively you feel, negative people have a profound impact on your psyche. Don't let the negative Neds and Nellies bring you down. keep on singing in the car on your way to work - or start.

Practice Professional Courage
Conflict can help you serve customers and create successful products. Happy people accomplish their purpose for working. Why let a little professional courage keep you from achieving your goals and dreams? Make conflict your friend.

Make Friends
Liking and enjoying your coworkers are hallmarks of a positive, happy work experience. Take time to get to know them. You might actually like and enjoy them. Your network provides support, resources, sharing, and caring.

If All Else Fails, Job Searching Will Make You Smile
If all of these ideas aren't making you happy at work, it's time to reevaluate your employer, your job, or your entire career. You don't want to spend your life doing work you hate in an unfriendly work environment. Most work environments don't change all that much. But unhappy employees tend to grow even more disgruntled. You can secretly smile while you spend all of your non-work time job searching. It will only be a matter of time until you can quit your job - with a big smile.

What do you think of Susan’s tips? We sure can relate to each and every one of them. Do share your thoughts with us, we’d love to hear from you!