If you are happy at work, the benefits go far beyond a good mood. Your workplace happiness can actually have a big impact on your job performance, as well as your career successes and advancement.
This makes sense, when you think about it. There are several reasons why workplace happiness and career success are so closely connected. For one thing, when you enjoy being at work you come in each day with a positive attitude and motivation to do a good job. Of course, you will also be more enthusiastic about doing your best if you like your job.
At some point along the way of our professional journey, we’ve all heard some variation of the old advice about “following your passion.” It is among the most common of career-related adages. But is it really a smart strategy?
Well, maybe. Ideally, doing what you love makes work fell less like, well, work. And if you enjoy what you do, it is much easier to get motivated about going to work and doing a good job. Then of course there’s the fact that doing something you like is of course more enjoyable than doing something you hate.
In what probably won’t come as a surprise, a new survey found that many workers are stressed out. A survey released this week found that one-third of American workers face chronic work stress. The 2013 Work and Well-Being Survey conducted by the American Psychological Association cited low salaries, lack of opportunity for advancement and heavy workloads as top contributing factors.
It seems like we’re constantly hearing about the importance of confidence and self-esteem to achieve success. And it’s true that confidence is important in helping you make the impression (both on the job and elsewhere). If you don’t believe in yourself, it will be hard for other people to have confidence in you.
At first glance, it may seem like productivity and happiness cannot co-exist. After all, the harder you work, the more stressed and miserable you will be, right? Not necessarily. The key is to remember that productivity doesn’t just mean being busy and working as fast as you can. It means working efficiently and contributing to your team and workplace in a positive way.
And so if you are truly productive, your mood should actually benefit—at least, if you’re the type of person who takes pride in doing a good job and making a positive impact.
Let’s face it, sometimes it can be tough to think positive. This is especially true in today’s work environment, when you may be stressed out because you are overworked—or perhaps you are even worried about losing your job. And even if you have a generally good work situation, there are bound to be days when it’s tough to be upbeat.