While it’s not always realistic to feel ecstatic about your career responsibilities every moment of the day, maintaining a healthy level of job satisfaction can play a significant role in your quality of life.
Thankfully, when it comes to the science of happiness, research suggests that a crucial step towards being happier begins with recognizing you have a decision to make. A recent Forbes article regarding the Harvard Grant Study states: “Happiness comes from choosing to be happy with whatever you do, strengthening your closest relationships and taking care of yourself physically, financially and emotionally.”
If you’re discontent in your current role, it’s important to identify possible sources as you evaluate next steps.
Determine if your feelings are situational. A short-term project or shift in responsibilities may lead to a temporary state of feeling overwhelmed; allow some time to recuperate from the heavy workload. If you can’t seem to shake your mood, focus on pinpointing the root of your frustration. Does one over-riding theme emerge? Discerning the cause of your unrest is essential.
Be proactive. Make an initial effort to resolve conflict with a colleague rather than hope the issue will correct itself on its own. Invite your cubicle mate to lunch and broach the subject in a non-threatening, professional manner: “John, I admire your work ethic. You have been with the company eight years and are looked upon as a key leader. I have noticed whenever I offer a suggestion to the team, you shoot it down without room for discussion. I am sure your response is not intentional, but I can’t help but wonder whether you value my opinion.” Give them a chance to correct the behavior.
Adopt solution-based thinking. Commit to finding resolutions to your current state rather than keeping a long list of complaints. If you are not sure how to improve in a particular area, reach out for professional guidance. With the right support and resources, you can more effectively implement strategies leading to a better work environment.
Schedule a meeting with your boss. Gallup has long included recognition and the potential for advancement in their studies regarding job satisfaction. If you would like more communication from your supervisor or a list of concrete steps to take towards a promotion, request an appointment to go over these topics. Arrive prepared and in a positive frame of mind.
Continue to evolve. If you don’t see a significant change in your attitude, you owe it to yourself as well as your colleagues and employer to find a job that better suits your skills. Though there will always be days when you aren’t at your best, you shouldn’t dread walking through the office door. Ideally, the goal is a position where the benefits far outweigh the cons.
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