Tips to find happiness at work
The last six months has certainly messed with our mojo’s, hasn’t it! Happiness at work has taken a nose dive and the mental health fallout from Covid-19 is immense.
I’m here to help if you’re feeling a bit lost, feel confused as to your purpose, your sense of thriving has diminished, you’re experiencing lack of motivation and feel unhappy or unfulfilled at work.
Even if you might not be working to full capacity, there are still opportunities to work on yourself individually or as a team or business.
Here is an 8 point checklist to help you focus on the juicy, creative stuff at work, to help you feel more inspired, connected and fulfilled.
8 Point happiness at Work Checklist
1. Focus on your signature strengths
Knowing your strengths and creating opportunities to use them at work makes you happier. Research states that if you can use around four of your signature strengths, it will make you happier at work.
2. Look at The Flo Coach Six Pillars of Happiness at Work
Addressing the ones out of balance can impact positively on your fulfilment and meaning at work. The following six aspects have emerged after a systematic analysis of the research around happiness in general and specifically in the workplace: Autonomy, Connection, Contribution, Fairness, Growth and Purpose.
3. Think about your blueprints
What are your blueprints for your working life? Where did you think you’d be by this time in your life and does this match up with your current work/job? If there is a mismatch, then either think about changing your blueprints or take action to move towards them.
4. Experience more moments of flow in your work
Research has shown that being in the flow state makes us happier. There are flow rituals you can adopt and add into your weekly routine to bring more flow into your work. Being ‘in the zone’ isn’t just reserved for professional sportspeople, we can all experience it regularly.
5. Practice being more self-aware
Stop. Take a breath before you react. Being more self-aware of your reactionary states can change your mindset and help you to see challenges (whether that be through people, things or situations) as tools for growth.
6. Cultivate your creativity
Become aware of your shadow characters (you know them, they’re the ones that sabotage your thoughts, words, actions and reactions). Look at where your anxieties lie and let go of the stuff you can’t control. There is absolutely no point in worrying about it if you can’t influence or take control of it.
7. See your work as a calling
Shift how you see your work to feel more engaged and purposeful. Align your values with even the mundane work tasks so that you see your work as a calling not just a job.
8. Make WOOP goals
What is your Wish (goal)? What Opportunities will this wish bring you? Take some time to really engage with what that looks like and how it feels? What Obstacles might trip you up? (Be honest with yourself). Once you’ve written down your wish, opportunities and obstacles, then make an If-Then Plan.
Resilience and action are key to get through this testing time. If any of this resonates with you, please feel free to get in touch. I am also offering complimentary discovery calls; this is where you get to tell me what’s bothering you about your working life and I let you know how I might be able to help, no strings, vent away. I work with individuals and businesses, please email me for more information and to book your free call.
Information in this article has been adapted from the 8 modules of The Flo Coach Go To Your Edges Programme for individuals.