Many people are just starting to shake off winter, looking forward to the sunny days of spring. While this may help you feel more positive in general, it doesn’t always give you a better job outlook. But being happy at work doesn’t just make you feel better, it can actually help you succeed. Your reputation can improve, and your ability to weather problems also sees benefits. You may even have more job satisfaction and feel more resilient.
While taking on a more positive outlook might not come naturally, it is something you can learn to do. To help you develop a fresh job outlook this spring, here are some tips to be happier in the workplace starting today.
Seek the Bright Side
Optimists typically report being happier than their more pessimistic counterparts. You might not be able to join their ranks immediately, but you can learn to be more optimistic by looking for the bright side of otherwise disappointing or challenging situations.
For example, if you get passed over for a promotion, consider what the experience taught you that you could use next time. Maybe you got to meet with a higher up that you hadn’t met before, giving you valuable face time with those who can help you move forward in the future.
Airing complaints can actually make you feel worse, especially when they can’t be addressed during your conversation. It also invites others to complain, creating a cycle of negativity.
Before you complain about an event at work, consider whether complaining offers the potential for any gain. If not, consider holding the comment back if it can’t be phrased in a constructive way or provides value to a larger conversation. Otherwise, focusing on the negative without the presence of a potential solution will just bring you down.
If you have sincere praise to offer another, feel free to do so. Telling a colleague that you appreciate their work, especially if you can provide a specific example, is sure to brighten their day. In turn, it can raise the general mood of the office and may even encourage others to share their kudos for those they work with on a daily basis.
Some people are nervous about giving compliments, especially if it isn’t part of the current company culture. However, by offering sincere praise to others when deserved, you can help foster an environment where appreciation is part of the norm instead of a rare occurrence.
Find a Mood Booster
Most people have some things that instantly makes them feel happier. If you do, see if you can bring it (or a suitable reminder) into your workspace to help out when you need a boost. Whether it is a picture of friends of family members, a trinket from a prior vacation, or a song on your smartphone, having something that makes you happy nearby can let you get a quick boost whenever the need arises.
If you are looking for more advice about developing a fresh job outlook this spring or are interested in finding new job opportunities in your area, CPS Recruitment can help you along the way. Contact us today to discuss your career goals.