We have all felt unhappy at work at some stage in our career and can recognise the impact this can have on our life. Work misery can dominate home life, friendships and health making your work-life balance all about work and little about play.
If you feel unhappy at work, you have a choice. You can keep doing what you are doing, making work misery the norm and something you ‘just have to put up with’, inevitably leading to high stress levels and further misery. Alternatively, you can focus on making positive changes at work, giving yourself the chance to be happier.
To help you make some changes at work, I have set out four focus areas:
- Support – Are you getting the right support at work? Ask for help when necessary from colleagues and managers.
- Expectation – ensure you are clear about what is expected of you.
- Working hours – are you working long hours? Think about your work pattern and spend time focusing on your productivity. Are you taking too long on some pieces of work? Do you set aside specific time for admin tasks? Do you sit at your desk stuck on a piece of work instead of asking for help? If necessary, speak to your manager about your workload.
- Challenge – Are you challenged enough? If not, perhaps talk to your manager about obtaining more work. Can you be given a different project to work on?
Through making small changes, bigger changes will start to fall into place making you feel happy at work once again.
Remember – if you keep doing what you are doing you will keep getting the same result.