- How to Feel Happy at Work
- 7 Secrets of a "Thank God It's Monday"
- by Roxanne Emmerich
- What accounts for the difference
between "Oh crap, it's Monday" and "Thank God
it's Monday"? It's your happiness. And, for your own emotional
and mental health, you need to feel happy at work.
- It all boils down to seven habits
that can change everything about the culture of your workplace.
1. Show up fully and commit
with all your heart
At work, we think of home. At
home, we think of work. Time to stop that. The first step toward
a TGIM workplace is being present and accounted for at work.
Thinking about being elsewhere leads to resenting where you are.
While you are at work, commit to work with all your heart. This
is what I call throwing your heart over the bar--committing 100
percent to the moment and task before you.
2. Communicate clearly
Use powerful and positive language
about what you will do and the attitude you expect from others.
If a TGIM workplace is your goal, take the time to make your
communications clear on every level.
3. Go beyond the job description
Going beyond the job description
happens when you pitch in and help others at work without expecting
reward. Willingly share the load. If you're caught up on your
tasks, help someone else who is crunching for a deadline. Instead
of feeling like it's an extra burden, you will actually feel
like you play a bigger role in your company than you ever did
4. Don't tolerate dysfunctional
Establish a zero-tolerance policy
for talking behind another person's back. Then give each other
permission to address conflict head-on, out loud, courageously
and honestly. Create a trusting and open environment and watch
the dysfunction ebb away.
5. Clean up your messes
Relationships are built on trust.
Without that foundation, there is no basis for a relationship.
We breach the trust each time we don't do what we said we would
do. But here's the thing--that breach can be healed quickly IF
you come back and clean up the mess. Acknowledge that the results
are not okay then make a commitment to make things right and
prevent a recurrence.
6. Live a life of profound
Once you place yourself in the
service of those around you--your family, your colleagues and
your customers--every moment becomes imbued with purpose and
significance. You will feel GOOD.
As you drive to work, begin thinking
about how the work you do is serving others and contributing
to their success and happiness. This is the essence of true service,
and the key to a workplace that draws you happily back, Monday
after Monday after Monday.
Every project consists of little
steps and little victories along the way. Recognize and celebrate
them in both large and small ways. Build a system of celebrations
and rewards--quarterly, weekly, daily--and follow through like
your company's life depends on it. Because, (psst) it does.
Acquire these seven habits and
spread them through your workplace. Then be sure to notice the
first Monday your hand reaches for the alarm--and you smile.
You can love your job and feel happy at work if you follow these