Written by: Shani Fowler
Let’s face it, if most of us had the good fortune of a lottery win we would not be battling our way to work with the rest of the rat race. I know my Monday morning glum face would not grace an office building at eight o’clock on a morning again – I would “pursue my interests”. But does this mean we are miserable at work? Maybe we can improve things or do we need to leave? Let’s have a look at what can we do to spread a bit of joy and be less miserable at work?
The moaning colleague
Try to avoid those colleagues who persistently moan about the company you work for. These colleagues often come to work and before they have even shrugged their coat off they have moaned enough times to make you consider investing in a pair of ear plugs! These people can seriously bring you down, so if you are generally happy there don’t be tempted to join in. You can either ignore their comments or better still put a positive spin on some of them.
Make sure you are being developed and fulfilled
When we first start a job there seems so much to do and learn that we fear we will never get the hang of it! But we do and we improve on how we do it and get quicker too. Don’t remain static. Be keen to progress. Find out if there are any other tasks you can be involved in. You need to make sure that the organisation invests in developing your skills and potential or you will feel unfulfilled and miserable.
Don’t take more of a workload that is possible to deal with
In contrast to the above, sometimes we can try to be “people pleasers” and take on more than is possible to deal with. To be able to work well, you need realistic and achievable goals and a workload to match. If you are given vast amounts of work which you simply cannot do, this is going to make you feel like you are constantly failing. Be firm about what you can realistically be expected to do.
Deal with pay issues!
If you believe you are being underpaid for the work you do, tackle the situation by asking for a meeting with your boss. They may be willing to discuss a pay increase with you. If you don’t ask, you quite often don’t get. Maybe do some research on similar roles to yours currently in the jobs market so they can make an informed decision. If they don’t agree to a salary review and this issue is of concern, get yourself applying for some of those roles you researched.
Help and thank colleagues where you can
It is often easy to become engrossed in our own tasks at work and not take the time to help anyone else. If someone looks to be struggling and you think you can help, then do so. Take time to show them. Always thank colleagues either in email or in person. It is rewarding to help and thank colleagues and it makes for a happier work environment if people are felt assisted and their work appreciated.
Smiles go miles,no need to be miserable!
Smile – a lot! Smiling is good for you (anytime), it’s disarming and it is infectious. Flash a smile – even the most miserable colleague would find it hard not return the gesture. It can set off a little happy chain reaction!
Being happy at work impacts on life generally. If you are happy in your job but could be happier, the above are all steps we can all take to make life at work a little more bearable. Sometimes though, the roots can be deeper and you can be grossly unfulfilled, underpaid, and unappreciated. You may dislike your boss and colleagues in which case you need to leave and find a much better place to work still taking the above steps with you! And of course keep on putting your lottery numbers on – it would always be nice to have the choice to work or not!