Rate Your Workplace Happiness

This is the time of year when new initiatives are starting, bonuses are often paid, and things get into a routine at work.  It’s a perfect time to look at your workplace happiness.  Do you “love” your job?   If not, it might be time to take inventory and consider your options.
Workplace Happiness
More than a third of all workers are planning to move to a different job during the next year.  Will a new job live up to expectations, or will they be back to hunting the perfect job in just a few months?

Evaluating Your Job Happiness

Before jumping ship and switching jobs, look inside yourself and evaluate what exactly you are unhappy about.   What criteria do you need to use to make sure the next job makes you happier?   Is there anything you can do to improve your job happiness with your current employer?

Personality

Take your personality into consideration. Do you enjoy social interactions and communication or is working with smaller groups or by yourself more your thing?  Can you concentrate for long stretches of time on a single thing, or do you like constant change?   Is your current occupation using your strengths or tugging at your weaknesses?

Understanding your personality traits will help you to recognize which working environments are best suited for you.  Work environment plays a big role in your happiness at work.

Skills

Next, let’s look at the skills you enjoy using.   Do you like to work with numbers or words?   Do you like to do research?  Are you a problem solver?   Are you strategic?   What skills make you feel energized when you use them?  What skills drain you?

Work Requirements

All jobs have requirements and we might not like all of them, and it is something to take into consideration when looking at a new position.   Do you like working 9-5 or do you want more flexibility?   Do you want to set your own schedule or work when you are assigned?  Do you want to come into an office or work from home? Are you required to do mandatory overtime?  How often do you have to stay late?

Studies have found that people who work 40 hours or less are usually happier than peers who are working 40+ hours.   If you work long hours you have less time for family and friends.  Unrealistic work demands can decrease employee happiness.

Challenge

Do you have the opportunity to learn new things?   Does your current job challenge your mind on a routine basis or is it routine?   Most people enjoy a bit of challenge.

Money

Some of the happiest employees make very little in comparison to some of the high paying jobs available.  You have heard the saying, “Money isn’t everything.”  While that is true, money is important.  You should be paid fairly for the job you are doing.  Wages and benefits have an impact on your happiness with the job.

While a six-figure salary may appear to make a person happy, if it eats up all their time and is constantly stressful it might not be worth it.  Many will pick a lower salary for more freedom and time away from the job.  Money is not an indicator of job happiness but is something to consider.  More money does not always make a person happier but being underpaid certainly contributes to job unhappiness. Only you can answer the questions regarding how much money contributes to your job happiness.

Other Factors

Other factors that contribute to job happiness include:

  • Relationship to co-workers
  • Treatment of employees
  • Job Security
  • Safety
  • Organization’s stability
  • Relationship with immediate supervisor
  • Communications
  • Culture
  • Future opportunities
  • Training
  • Support and recognition
  • and others

As you take inventory of these items and how they contribute to your workplace happiness, you might find you are not happy and want to make a shift.  Utilizing a coach for career guidance may help you find the perfect job that would be a better fit for your personality.

Let Me Help

If you need help preparing for the job-hunt, contact your Career Coach, Rachel Schneider, at Career Find for an Introduction Call.  I can help you create a resume that will differentiate you from the competition, develop a unique job search strategy, and help you to feel confident as you begin the interviewing process.

 

By |2019-05-06T10:10:28-05:00February 20th, 2018|career search, How to Be Happy at Work|Comments Off on Rate Your Workplace Happiness

10 Things to Do for Your Career Success

Below are 10 things we feel are key to making your professional future and life a lot easier:

  1. Know how to explain ‘what you do’. Refining your elevator pitch does take practice. It was also change throughout your career. Be so good at explaining what you do that people never forget it.
  2. Know your career non-negotiables. Be really be honest with yourself about what you need out of a career, make a list and don’t waste your time on jobs that don’t line up.
  3. Jump off a cliff every once in a while. Push your boundaries, get out of your comfort zone and do something that terrifies you at least once in the early stages of your career.
  4. Learn how to take criticism. It is important to take criticism seriously and not personally. Knowing where you are not meeting expectations will allow you room to grow professionally.
  5. Learn to say No. Sometimes this can be the hardest word to say to your boss.  Knowing when and how to use this word when it is necessary, may save your sanity.
  6. Know how to negotiate. In most cases, this is the only way you are going to get what you deserve and want.
  7. Find a to-do list system that works for you. Whether you need 30 post-it notes or a list synced on all your devices, learn to manage your workflow.
  8. Know when you are the most productive. Use your energy levels to your advantage. Don’t spend your peak mental hours on wasteful things.
  9. Know how to manage stress. Stress can ruin your life if you don’t cope with it. Learn what helps you de-stress and make it part of your routine.
  10. Make a career emergency plan. What would you do if you got laid off tomorrow? Instead of panicking, get started on an action plan.
By |2015-10-14T12:15:50-05:00October 14th, 2015|career consultation services, Career Success, How to Be Happy at Work, How to Keep Your Job|Comments Off on 10 Things to Do for Your Career Success

How Your Spouse or Partner Affects Your Work Success

Choosing the right person to spend your life with is an important decision for your overall life happiness.  How can this choice affect your career success?

When it comes to promotions/raises, your spouse or partner may be exerting a bigger influence than you think, suggests a recent study from Washington University in St. Louis.
The study found that spouse’s personality traits, specifically conscientiousness, can influence your performance in the workplace in three ways…
  1. Reliability and Trust – If you are able to rely on your spouse to share or handle household responsibilities, like buying groceries, paying bills or raising children, than you experience more piece of mind throughout the workday.
  2. Emulating Habits – Having a conscientious spouse may help you bring more thoroughness and reliability with workplace challenges.
  3. Work-Life Balance – Having a spouse that keeps your personal life running smoothly reduces stress and makes it easier to maintain a healthy work-life balance.
Have you made the right partner choice for your career?
By |2015-09-30T20:54:25-05:00September 30th, 2015|How to Be Happy at Work|Comments Off on How Your Spouse or Partner Affects Your Work Success

How to Avoid Workplace Burnout

Burnout has been called the epidemic of the modern workplace. Burnout is the mental and physical exhaustion you experience when the demands of your work consistently exceed the amount of energy you have available.
Here are some basic “do’s” and “don’ts” to avoid burnout and stay motivated…

 

Do:
  • Set boundaries around the use of your work phone during non-work hours and leave your device in a basket or drawer after 8pm.
  • Incorporate regular breaks into your workday. Have lunch away from your desk.
  • Nourish your creativity outside of the office. Start a fun project.
  • Focus on why the work matters to you. Are you striving for a promotion or a raise? Keep your eye on the prize.
Don’t:
  • Check your email when you’re on vacation.
  • Take on too many responsibilities without enough help from others.
  • Minimize the importance of a full night’s sleep on a regular basis
  • Mistake constant fatigue or apathy for a temporary case of burnout.

If you feel ineffective on a daily basis, it might be time to look for a new job with the help of Career Find.

By |2015-08-12T14:30:23-05:00August 12th, 2015|How to Be Happy at Work|Comments Off on How to Avoid Workplace Burnout

Your Superpower vs. Your Kryptonite

The one question all successful people can answer immediately is, “if you had a super power what would it be?”. The question is asking if you know yourself well enough to identify your competitive advantage.

Don’t already know your superpower?

Ask yourself these 3 questions…

    • What is the quality you are most proud of?
    • What is the quality that makes you stand out against your peers?
    • What quality gives you an edge over everyone else

Once you answer these questions, you need to know about your “kryptonite”. On the other side of the coin, knowing your weakness can and should be used to your advantage.

When searching for your perfect job, seek a position that compliments your skill set and also accepts what you are not so great at.

Know someone who needs help finding their strengths and weaknesses?

Career Find specializes in helping clients ace the interview and land the dream job.

By |2015-03-11T10:00:23-05:00March 11th, 2015|career search, How to Be Happy at Work|Comments Off on Your Superpower vs. Your Kryptonite

How to break up with a job you’re not in love with…

Breaking up is hard to do. Whether you are ending a personal relationship or a work relationship it is important to do it with dignity and openness. Expect feelings to be hurt, but if you have a plan, you can feel good when the break up is over.

Do it in person. Writing, “I’m sorry. I can’t. Don’t hate me.” on a Post-It note to your boss will pretty much ensure that you’ve burned a bridge. No phones, no email. When you decide to leave a job, the initial message must be delivered in person.

Keep it real and short. The cleanest breakups are the ones that are brief. Don’t get trapped in a long exit-interview process where you say things you will regret later. Try to contain your emotions and keep the conversation factual.

Provide closure. Make a conscious effort to tie up all loose ends. Be sure that whoever fills your position has the tools and resources they need to succeed. Return all company property; there should be no reason for the employer to have to track you down after your last day.

By |2015-02-03T16:29:56-05:00February 3rd, 2015|How to Be Happy at Work|Comments Off on How to break up with a job you’re not in love with…
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