How to Be Happier at Work in the New Year

Surveys show that an overwhelming majority of people aren’t happy at work.

Sadly, it doesn’t have to be this way and you don’t always have to change jobs to be happier. In some instances, all it takes is a change of mindset or putting together a plan. If you’re looking to walk into work a little bit happier, consider the following suggestions.

Develop better work habits

People often get stressed out on the job because they’re constantly swamped with work. The good news is, there are a lot of things you can do to cut down your workload.

First, you should make sure you’re being as organized as possible. When you come in each day, draw up a task list that will keep your time organized and workflow on track. Also, make sure your work area is as clean as possible. Just having a clean space can do wonders for lowering your work stress level.

Second, you should avoid multitasking. You may feel more productive when you multitask, but research regularly shows that trying to do multiple tasks at once leads to more mistakes.

Finally, you need to consider talking to your boss about your workload. Before bringing up the subject, just make sure you’ve done everything you can to optimize your efficiency.

Practice good mental hygiene

A lot of work stress isn’t related to work at all – it’s a byproduct of a lack of sleep, too much alcohol consumption, a poor social life or a hectic schedule.

If you don’t feel fully rested in the morning, consider changing your sleep habits. If you have sleep apnea or think you might have it, schedule an appointment with a sleep expert. Also, focus on eating healthy foods and drinking enough water throughout the day. Good physical health can go a long way to boosting your mood.

It also helps be social, both at work and at home. Try to find a work buddy you can commiserate with and try to spend time with loved ones in the evenings and weekends. On the other hand, if your schedule is too full, try to work some peace and quiet into your week.

Plan career moves

If you’re in a less-than-ideal job situation, focusing on long-term career goals is a good way to boost your job outlook.

Hopefully, your current job is part of your long-term strategy. If it isn’t or your current job has outlasted its usefulness, you should start planning your next career move and taking any steps necessary toward making that move, such as going to networking events or taking classes.

At Labor Temps, we work with professionals to help them achieve higher levels of career satisfaction, so they can walk into work every day with a smile on their face. Please contact us if you are currently looking for career opportunities.