The beginning of a new year is an ideal time to reflect on the quality of your work life. How happy you are at work? Is there anything you would like to change?
Evaluating your work life is crucial because how you feel at work has a huge impact on you both at work AND at home. In other words, when you feel happy at work, your job performance instantly improves leading to greater career success. What’s more, your health and private life reach a whole new level.
However, when reflecting on the year behind, most people tend to think only about the things that went wrong, the things they should have done and the goals they should have achieved but failed to do so. And, then they come to realise that they didn’t make any progress.
The fact is, the good things we have and do bring us happiness at work (and in life). Naturally, all of us should do everything that’s in our power to address current issues we are facing and improve our circumstances to feel happy. Still, it is equally important to be able to appreciate the things that do the work.
But this is not an easy task. Negativity bias is one of the most well-established psychological phenomena meaning that we are by default more devoted and mentally focused on the bad rather than the good. We automatically start thinking about all those things that bother us like annoyances, problems, threats and fears. The truth is, looking back on and appreciating the good things in our lives takes a lot of effort and focus.
We believe you can achieve much more if you turn that around by 180 degrees! So, here’s our suggestion for a little new year’s exercise that should bring you happiness at work.
Reflect on your work life in 2019 and answer the following 10 questions. Even better, take some time to really think about each question and then write down your answers.
Some people think that working hard will help them become successful and that that success will bring them happiness. In reality, it is quite the opposite: being happy is what makes you more successful and effective at work.
So this year, make happiness at work your #1 career goal! Why? Because being happy at work will help you reach success on your career path. But, keep in mind that this may require some tough decisions. If you feel unhappy with your present job, maybe it’s time to find a new one. Luckily, International Quit Your Crappy Job Day is just around the corner.
I wish you a happy New Year and a new beginning at work!
Heartcount is an AI powered tool, which measures happiness at work in a new and better way. It is a tool for tracking results and relationships (personal fulfilment, progress, relationships with colleagues and managers) that influence happiness at work.