5 Ways to Improve Your Happiness at Work

1. Do Your Part

Stop thinking it’s beneath you to do the menial tasks – there is someone who in your organization that believes the task is not menial, it is hard work to them.  My boss made a comment to me the other day about another co-worker, “quite frankly, she’s paid too much to be doing that.” Pay should not determine workload. We all need to be willing to do what we can when we can.

2. Keep It Clean

Much like “Do Your Part” above, you can’t leave it all up to someone else. If you have an employee kitchen or communal break space and you notice it’s dirty – clean it up. Think about it this way, “Do not put off doing anything that takes 60 seconds or less to do.” (And in most cases – a quick wipe down of the counter takes way less than 60 seconds)

3. Big Brother

You’ve seen that show right? Where people live in a house and for weeks are filmed every minute of every day? Nothing they do goes unnoticed? When you write an email, pretend your boss will be able to read it. When talking in the break room, imagine a camera just off in the distance. Act as if someone’s watching.   

4. Tap Out

This one is important on many levels, but few utilize its benefit. So often we’re afraid that asking for help or saying no displays laziness. But, ask yourself: “isn’t it better to do a few things really well, than to do too many things half-ass?” I think the answer is yes. So, when you are overwhelmed and the quality of your work is starting to suffer – tap out, say no, ask for help.

5. Accept Accidents & Mistakes

We all make mistakes; we’re human, but how often is the assumption that the mistakes and accidents made by co-workers are on purpose?  We all have times when – even though we know what we’re doing – we are too rushed, or maybe we’re confused by the situation. Allow your co-workers the benefit of the doubt, accept their mistakes as mistakes.

With these five simple rules, the atmosphere you work in should significantly change.

Which one do you think is the most important? And which one do you struggle with the most?  Tell me about it below in the comments page.

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Do What You Love, and the Rest Will Come

As I was sitting in the dusty, dingy lounge of a Jiffy Lube last week, I had an epiphany. In the plastic magazine rack, on the wall farthest from where I was sitting, I saw a copy of July’s Entrepreneur Magazine. Two weeks ago I never would have thought twice about picking up a “business” magazine, especially with a People Magazine just to my left, Prince George on the cover.

But I reached for it and started reading an article about Mike McQue – the founder of Flipboard. What impressed me the most was this:

MAKE WHAT YOU LOVE TO DO, AND WHAT YOU ARE GOOD AT DOING, LINE UP SO THEY PAY OUT FOR YOU.

Isn’t that what we all want? Don’t you want to get paid to do what you love?

I’ve always been really good at writing. I might not know perfect grammar and I might struggle with spelling anything over 3 syllables (without spellcheck or a dictionary), but I have a knack for articulation and sentence construction.

The big question is, how do I make it pay out for me?

That has been a question I have visited and revisited since I learned that I needed to get a job. I’m sure you’ve envisioned the same notion: how can I get paid to do what I love?

Do you have a desire to get out there and do something else, something more? Then I challenge you to entertain this question:

Can you make what you love to do, and what you are good at doing line up so that they pay out for you? Tell me about it. What have you done to create a relationship between the two?

 


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