How to Have a More Enjoyable, Productive Workplace and Day
Having a productive day can be tough sometimes, and quite frankly sometimes you just might want to go home and give up. But giving up is not a good option, and you have the power to push through and take on the day. There have been many articles written about workplace environment, positivity, and how to make your workday more productive. Your workspace might not seem ideal to you, and it might not be an option to change your space at work, but there are some tips to help you be more productive, have a better work day, and have a more enjoyable workspace and experience each day. The British newspaper The Guardian focused on tips to create more enjoyable and productive workplaces in a straightforward article.
Here are some of the best tips from the article by The Guardian, and these ideas can truly help make work more enjoyable and make you happier every day of your life. Enjoy.
Here’s the solid advice:
- Understand what drives happiness. Seems easy enough, right? Try to make your commute better by listening to the radio, be it a program or music on the way to work. Make monotonous work tasks go by faster by setting goals of finishing them and rewarding yourself with a quick walk outside on your break. Being energized and feeling accomplished by setting goals at work and rewarding yourself with an outdoor walk or a special coffee break or lunch break can help make work more enjoyable.
- Make time for emotion. View your coworkers as your biggest fans, even if they aren’t. You all have the same goal of bettering both the company and yourself. Everyone in the office should try to be on the same page in terms of openness. Lend an ear to coworkers. Expect them to lend an ear to you in return. You all lead busy lives and it is okay to express emotions at work to have meaningful relationships of friendship with your colleagues. Lead by example. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg is a key promoter of this as she told her staff that it is okay to cry at work. This helped her build a supportive team in her office.
- Boost energy. This goes together with all of the above. Happier people tend to have more energy. Productive people who accomplish goals have more energy. Set goals and reward yourself with an energy boost…be it a walk outside, a yoga class, a protein lunch at your favorite new spot, a coffee break with coworkers. Step away from the desk and do some work by the window in a shared desk or table area with more natural light if possible sometimes. Start a running club with coworkers for before or after work. A commitment to better health means you will combat the sedentary and monotonous lifestyle that you might have seen in the past…and disliked.
- Encourage skill boosting exercises. Get involved in adding new skills and encouraging others in your office to do the same. Attend any possible in-office trainings to increase your skill set. Ask management about any opportunities outside of the office to boost your skills and learn new things that can positively impact both you and your coworkers.
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