Getting happy at work is one of the most important reason to be more successful at work!
Drawing up impressive to do lists, having the right system, time management methodology, keeping detailed logs, eating your frog first, having an efficient structure – all this is correct and valid – but it does not make you more productive. There is one important thing that makes all the mentioned work more effective and fun: Liking what you do! Yes, liking what you do! By liking what you do, you can tackle the to do lists, etc., with more ease and resilience.
The single most efficient way to increase your productivity is get happy and be happy at work. No system, tool or methodology on earth can beat the productivity boost you get from really, really enjoying your work.
I’m not belittling all the productivity advice out there – it’s not that it’s faulty or ineffective. It’s just that when you apply it in a job that basically doesn’t make you happy, you’re trying to fix the symptoms when the problem goes much deeper.
Here are the 10 important reasons why being happy at work is the #1 productivity booster. Happy people:
1: Work better with others
– Better teamwork with your workmates
– Better employee relations if you’re a manager
– More satisfied & happy customers if you’re in a service-orientated job
– Improved sales
2: Are more creative
If your productivity depends on being able to come up with new ideas, you need to be happy at work. You think better when you are happy.
3: Resolve problems instead of complaining about them
When you don’t like your work, every molehill looks like a mountain. It becomes difficult to solve any problem without agonizing over it. When you’re happy at work and you run into a snag – you just deal with it!
4: Have more energy
Happy people have much more energy and are therefore more efficient at most things they do.
5: Are more optimistic
Happy people have a more positive, optimistic outlook in life, and as research shows, optimists and happy people are super successful and way more productive.
6: Are way more motivated & driven
Low motivation means low productivity & drive, and the only sustainable, reliable way to be motivated at work is to be happy and really like what you do.
7: Get less sick
Getting sick is a productivity killer. If you don’t like your job, you’re more prone to contract a long list of stress related diseases. More sick leave taken. You’re also more prone to workplace stress and burnout.
8: Learn quicker
When you’re happy and relaxed, you’re much more open to learning new things at work
9: Worry less about making mistakes
When you’re happy at work the occasional mistake doesn’t bother you much. You pick yourself up, learn from it and move on. When you happy your concentration is better therefore fewer mistakes.
10: Make better decisions
Happy people make better, more informed decisions. They are better able to prioritize their work under stressful situations
You wondering all this sounds great BUT how do you get happy at work? There are two ways, really:
- Get happy in your current job. There are numerous things you can do to improve your work situation. The magic trick is that you choose to do something! For example- sit down and write what you like about your work and what you don’t like. Then take one or two things you do not like then find ways to change them. Once you start you will see the impact and you will be pleasantly surprised.
2. Find a new job where you can be happy. If your current job is not changeable, don’t wait– move on! Again that is if you choose to do so.