Do you feel meaning and joy every single day from the work that you do? Do you love your career? If Oprah invited you to be a guest on Super Soul Sunday, would you have so many stories and examples to share you would not know where to start?
Well, if you’re not sure or if you’re worried the answer is no, you are not alone. A small percentage of us are actually satisfied and engaged in the very place we spend most of our time – our workplaces. The good news is, we have found it elsewhere; 67% of Canadians say they’re very happy. Imagine how many more would be happier, or happier for a greater part of our day, if we could find that joy at work too? I believe it’s possible.
I want to share with you five powerful questions to clarify where you can find more joy and satisfaction at work:
- Are you proud about the work you do and who you work for?
- Do you have a close or even best friend at work?
- Do you have joy and happiness at least once every single day at work?
- Do people see and honour your greatness – your talents, passions, and virtues?
- Are you recognized for that greatness every single day?
If the answer is no to any of those questions, just ask yourself, “What would Oprah inspire you to do? Would she settle? Nope. So why should you?
What is one thing you could do to bring greater joy and happiness into your workday? Here are a few ideas:
- Speak positively about your job, employer and accomplishments in your role
- Spend time socializing at work or outside of work with coworkers you respect and share common interests with
- Before you finish work, write down, note in an app like WinStreak, or simply think about one thing you that worked well or was positive about your day
- Recognize someone’s else greatness (they’ll be more likely to recognize yours and others)
- Find a way to bring recognition into your workplace such as in team meetings, stand up morning huddles, a kudos board or random acts of recognition (e.g., thank-you notes)
No matter how much control you feel you have at work, there is always something you can do to regain joy and contentment at work. And isn’t it worth it? You spend enough time there…