According to a recent study, only a small number of us are happy at work. However, one expert believes that change without change is quite easy.
I’m one of the lucky ones. I wake up of a morning and think to myself “Self, it’s time to go to work! Yes!”
Mind you, for me “going to work” involves walking down stairs, grabbing a cuppa and plonking myself at my desk. It’s not so easy for some. In fact, 85% of the working population dislike their work! Gasp!
I kid you not. Gallop’s recent State of the Global Workforce report showed that only 15% of people in full time work are fully engaged and happy, while the majority of the 85% are actively looking for a new job. Whaat?
Coach and program facilitator of the Joy of Business, Corinna Kaebel, recommends that unhappy employees should think twice about jumping ship too quickly.
“It is important to be able to live a happy and fulfilled life and our work is such a big part of our every day,” she says. “What many people don’t realise, however, is that your work and workplace can move from feeling wrong to very right once you know how to go within to access and show up with a truer version of yourself.”
Inspired by her own success, finding joy in work she vowed she would never do again, Corinna now teaches everything she knows in her seminar called the “Joy of Business”. We caught up with Corinna, who shared the following tips to help you find more happiness in your existing job or workplace.
1) Write down everything you love doing at work
Open yourself up to more positive energy by writing a comprehensive list of anything and everything you enjoy doing at work. Then, figure out if there is a way to do more of what you love and less of what you don’t.
2) Write down everything you love doing outside of work
Do the same thing for your hobbies and passions outside of the workplace. Pick one or two and start doing them more often. Whether it’s baking cookies or playing a team sport, the fastest way to improve how you feel at work can sometimes be to improve how you feel outside of it.
3) How can you bring more of you into your workplace?
You’re not a robot. You are much bigger than your job alone. Not being seen as a whole person by the people you work with can feed into very low job satisfaction. Realise that you do have a choice around how you show up and figure out how to bring more of the “real you” to work so you feel more alive.
4) What can you change that you have always felt you can’t?
Identify what you don’t like about your work or workplace and brainstorm ways to make the experience a better one. It could be suggesting a weekly lunch with co-workers or a physical space for meditation in the office. Whatever your ideas are, speak up and suggest it. Even if they don’t accept or actualise your idea as is, it could open up new possibilities.
Don’t wait to receive recognition from your leaders and bosses. Give yourself the acknowledgement you feel you deserve. Realise the contribution you make to the organisation, the job or other team members through both your work and as a human being.
6) Complete your favourite tasks first
If given a choice, start your day with something that is light and easy for you. Then, when you move onto harder tasks you are already in the flow and you can use the energy to carry you through to the things that are more difficult.
7) Dealing with tasks you don’t like
Apply the energy of tasks you like to the task you don’t like. Ask yourself: “What if this task could be as easy as [insert task you like doing]?” Transfer the ease into the tasks you don’t like doing.
8) Be in a positive relationship with your job
Treat your job well, care for it like you would a best friend, and you will get more richness, positive energy and enjoyment from it.
In conclusion, Corinna says, “I love helping people find happiness at work again. It’s important to know it’s not always about changing things externally. It can be helpful to know how to find the positivity and joy in “what is”, rather than looking for the next best thing and changing your whole life in the process.