2 December 2019 • Content team
5 tips for more happiness at work
If someone were to ask you if you are happy at work, would you answer a resounding yes? Of course it’s perfectly normal not to high-five your colleagues every day, but according to Sharon Mallee, HRM staff member and fellow organiser of the Conferentie Werkgeluk (Conference Happiness at Work), it’s really important to enjoy your work. People who are happy at work are more creative, innovative, healthy, flexible, collaborate better and are more open to change. She provides 5 tips with some simple steps to enjoy your work (even) more.
1. Every day compliment at least one colleague
“People really enjoy personal attention. Giving someone a compliment about their work or a new blouse can be very meaningful. Giving a compliment can be even nicer than receiving one. But also picking up a coffee for a colleague can be a great start.”
2. Be nicer to yourself #doeslief #benice
“Aren’t you being too hard or too demanding on yourself? It’s okay to make mistakes: it simply means that you are learning. Look at yourself through the same glasses you use to look at others. Do you set the bar just as high for them?”
3. Have fun with your colleagues and celebrate successes
“Take your lunch outside and hold an impromptu picnic, organise a clothes swap party after work or move your traditional happy hour from a bar to someone’s house. These are great opportunities to get to know your colleagues in a different way. It will also help to understand each other better at work. Don’t forget to laugh a lot. People who laugh have a better immune system and are therefore less susceptible to infections. And laughter can sometimes make major problems seem smaller.”
4. Shake things up a bit
“Try to change your daily routine. Maybe even step outside of your comfort zone. It can be quite unnerving at first. But eventually you will have more fun, find more satisfaction and have a rewarding experience. Speak with a colleague you normally don’t talk to, swap desks or work stations for a day or attend a conference offsite. You will not only meet other people, but it will also give you new insights. And you can bring those insights back to work.”
5. Make sure your work is well balanced!
“We all experience this: something uses a lot more energy than it provides. That’s normal! But it’s important that you have a balance between your energy givers and energy consumers. Write down everything that comes to mind in two lists. Compare these lists. Is there a balance between those tasks that give you energy and those that cost energy? If not, is there something you can do about this? Also share your lists with a colleague. Fresh eyes can often provide new insights.”
Would you like to know more about the topic of happiness (at work)? Come and attend one of the Science of Happiness meetings. The next one will take place on 3 December.
Would you like to share your own tips or have your tried one of the tips listed above? Share those below in the responses.