This is the final instalment in the three part series of blogs about happiness and positive thinking in the workplace. Paul Aisthorpe, Imaginative Coaching’s business mentor in Lancashire brings us his top tips for being happy in the workplace.
Over the previous two articles we have identified that a happy work force is more committed and efficient. We’ve also found that there are ways in which we can mirror those people around us who seem constantly happy in order to improve our own well-being. In this final example we will look at how you can make small changes that will have a big impact.
Get an Early Start
We’ve all heard sayings such as “Early to bed, early to rise makes you healthy, wealthy and wise,” and “The early bird catches the worm.” The truth is being up early gives you an advantage of giving yourself time to get ready before any distractions. Get into a routine of being up early and starting the day with some time to enjoy a fresh coffee at your own pace creating a positive frame of mind for the rest of the day. By being up early you give yourself the chance to get breakfast (the most important meal of the day) and avoid any heavy traffic commutes meaning you can be at work in plenty of time.
Build a Productive Workspace
If possible take time to manage your workspace to generate a pleasing and productive atmosphere. Ensure that ergonomically things like phone, laptops and chairs are comfortably placed. Also take time to decorate with your own pictures and stationary making the space personal. Regularly remove clutter as the act of cleaning your space will help to clean your mind as well. Toyota developed the 5s System in manufacturing which made its way to the office space, whereby you are advised to; Sort, Set in Order, Shine, Standardise and sustain. Finally give yourself a window view and bring in a plant as research has proven that plants in the office help to reduce stress levels.
Take your Breaks
There are some people that will arrive in work early, miss breaks and work late and a common misconception is that these people are the best workers. We are probably aware of some people who want everyone to know that they are so busy that they have to be working non-stop and have time for nothing else. However this attitude is a sure fire way to achieve burnout and is not productive.
By taking necessary breaks it gives you, and more importantly your brain, time to rest and refocus. By removing yourself from your workstation at break time for a walk or some fresh air you give yourself chance to recharge the batteries.
There are also some wonderful benefits of taking the chance to daydream. According to leadership expert Andrew Jenkins some of our greatest problem solving is done when we are daydreaming.
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Have you ever completely dreaded working with someone, perhaps even to such a degree that you didn’t want to see that person? How did that make you feel & did it affect your productivity?
Be careful to align yourself with the right people. Working close to someone who has a negative influence can really drain any positive energy you have. If necessary avoid working with negative people or make sure that when working with them you can get into a group of three. If you have no alternative then deal with the negativity head on and work with that person to alter their experience.
Finally, and one of the most important aspects of all, is setting goals. Life is short and in general we spend a significant amount of time at work. Are you doing the kind of work that is making you happy? If not what would make you happy? By considering where you want to be and creating a strategy for achieving this you are more likely to feel happy; otherwise work can become monotonous and mechanical. Working with a Business Coach or Careers Coach is one way of getting professional support to help you to establish those Career goals that will heighten your sense of achievement and ultimately happiness.
Being happy in work shouldn’t come down to luck. We all have the right and capability to enjoy what we do. Sometimes it’s hard, especially when you don’t know what happiness could look like. However we all have the power to have a positive and fulfilling career. If you want to know more about how you can supercharge your career with positivity then why not get in touch today with Paul, an experienced business mentor in Lancashire for a no obligation coffee chat. If you’re after leadership and management coaching in Preston or anywhere else in the region, Paul is your man!
Until next time have a great Christmas and Happy New Year.
Paul Aisthorpe is a business mentor in Lancashire, offering leadership and management coaching in Preston, Lancaster, Liverpool and across the whole North West.