Happiness at work. Do you feel happy at work? Do you think about your happiness levels regularly enough? Awareness of your happiness in the workplace has become increasingly important and you might be surprised to find that businesses are investing more and more in their employees happiness on a day to day basis, as it affects not just the individual, but the business, and most importantly whether you’re happy or not goes on to impact your home and personal life. Sounds logical that that might be the case right? In fact we’ve been living in a society which doesn’t put enough emphasis on the individual’s happiness levels for far too long, but it’s all looking set to change
Jessica Pryce-Jones has written a fantastic book called “Happiness at Work: Maximising your Psychological Capital for Success”. In an interview with Jessica, she details what it means to be happy at work and how you can maximise your own happiness levels. What we found interesting was the discovery that it’s about your mindset and that you have a choice in all situations at work and you must decide what you want and how you want to get it – giving you more power than you think. Sounds great doesn’t it?
By giving you back your power and learning that you have control of your thoughts and your environment we want to help you find your own happiness at work. We all know that thinking positively changes your attitude and energy, yet it can be tricky at times, especially when you’re in a state of conflict. Positive thoughts come from hope, courage, and optimism. By connecting with these thoughts you will more likely be engaged and satisfied.
And we know, it’s all very well thinking positively, but what if your surroundings and work colleagues aren’t positive and happy? Shouldn’t your employer make efforts to practically help you find this happiness? The answer is categorically yes. Perhaps your boss already asks your what makes you happy, or what do you really enjoy doing, or what has helped you build your confidence in your role? Or perhaps you’re waiting for this to happen. Communication is key, in every office and in every relationship, so if you want to action your own happiness why not talk to your boss and come up with a plan on how to build your happiness levels? No-one would ever say no to helping their employees, and you, as the PA/EA are so integral to your boss’s working (and dare we say it, personal) life, that your happiness should be at the top of their list.
Jessica talks about the 5 C’s in finding happiness at work. By identifying with these you can see where you have strengths and weaknesses, and then in turn you can address what needs the most focus, therefore increasing your chance of greater happiness. The five C’s consist of “contribution, conviction, culture, commitment and confidence. These are underpinned by pride, trust and recognition and at the heart of the model is achieving potential.” Can you identify with these and which you want to work on?
The most important learnings from the book are that listening is the key component to happiness. Feeling heard and listened to are absolutely key, as are listening to others. It’s not as easy as you’d think, however next time you’re in a meeting, or in a conversation with a colleague, really try and listen and connect to that person and see if you gain anything in return. Connecting with one another helps to develop and deepen relationships, which in turn contributes to happiness levels and the feeling of being recognised for your worth.
Confidence is also key to your happiness. Try and sit down and think about what you have to offer, and what you already offer. You might surprise yourself with your capabilities. We know all of you are key to your company’s ability to run smoothly, but have you ever looked at yourself and realised all you have to offer? By tuning in and recognising your abilities you will naturally grow your own confidence and therefore happiness. Sound pretty great doesn’t it? We know you’ve got the capability, so enjoy rediscovering your confidence and really let yourself be your own champion, we believe in you!