Did you know that the average person spends 90,000 hours of their life at work? And if you’re unhappy with your job, an hour can feel like a day! But there are steps that you can take to change your mindset and to improve your relationship with your profession. Read on to learn Saro Recruitment’s secret to being happy at work, and to turn that career frown upside down!
Change Your Routine
As the saying goes, a change is as good as a rest. Maybe your well-worn routine has gone from familiar to monotonous and you’re stuck in a rut that’s wearing you down. So now it’s time to change it up! Switch up your commute by walking or cycling for part of it. Take a course during lunchtime to learn a new skill or language. Grab a drink with a friend that you haven’t seen in a while after work. If your days differ from each other, you’ll have more to look forward to.
You may be feeling unfulfilled at work because you’re not connecting with your colleagues – having friends in the office can make your job more fun and enjoyable. Join the office social club (or start one), suggest that your team try a new restaurant every week, or ask your company if they will fund in-house language courses. Or if you’re not feeling very social, you may find that supporting and helping others can give you a feeling of satisfaction and belonging. Get a welcome and training team together to help new starters settle into the company, or set up workshops where colleagues can share their expertise and skills with each other.
Stay Healthy and Take Breaks
It’s easy to get so bogged down with work that you skip your lunch break for a quick sandwich at your desk, forget to drink enough water, and then wonder why you’re raiding the vending machine during your three o’clock sugar crash. It’s hard to feel happy when you’re lethargic, hungry and dehydrated; after all, your body and mind need rest and fuel to get you through the working day with enough energy to enjoy your evenings too. Block your calendar at lunchtimes and head out for a walk, or share a meal with a good friend. Get a big water bottle for your desk to make sure you keep hydrated, and eat at regular periods to keep your blood sugar topped up.
Perhaps you’ve worked in your position for so long that it doesn’t challenge you anymore, and you’re feeling stuck in a rut. Or maybe you’re not getting a feeling of accomplishment from a long, drawn out project, and you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. It’s easy to get caught up in the buzz of big wins and payoffs, but tracking smaller achievements and efforts can give you a sense of real accomplishment. Set small and medium-term goals for yourself and put a plan in place to accomplish them. At the end of every week, make a note of the steps you’ve taken towards your goals.
Make the Most of Your Free Time
We know that a good work-life balance is essential for mental wellbeing – so why do so many of us keep checking our emails in the evenings and bring work home at the weekends? If you don’t take the time to switch off from your job, there’s a real chance that burnout will wreak havoc with your health and happiness. Set some golden rules with yourself to help switch off when you leave the office – leave work at work, stay away from professional emails and learn to say no. Make plans to unwind with friends and family, or to reboot your batteries in private – and stick to those plans. You’ll avoid that Sunday evening dread and be happier Monday mornings.
Get a New Job!
If you’ve tried everything to increase your work-happiness level and you’re still feeling disengaged and unfulfilled in your career, it may be time to move on. After all, life is too short to stay in a job that makes you unhappy. If you’re ready to take a leap into a challenging new career, contact Saro Recruitment today to get your happiness back on track!
10 July 2018