When we spend so much time at work it’s important that we make it a happy environment that we want to spend time in.
There’s nothing worse than waking up every morning and hating the thought of having to go to work and after a long period of time, it can have some really negative effects on your mental health.
Although it may be hard to love absolutely everything about your job, there are a few things you can do to help you enjoy it more. With that in mind, here are 9 ways to make work a happier place:
- Go For A Walk At Lunch Time
If you work in an office environment – or somewhere that is enclosed – you may find that by the time you reach lunch you are feeling fed up of your surroundings.
Take the time to go out for a walk, clear your head and get away from the space that you work in.
This will help you to separate your lunch hour from the rest of your workday, helping you feel like you’ve had a substantial break.
Whether you walk to the local coffee shop, take a walk to a nearby cafe or walk around the office premises a few times – every little helps.
- Make Friends With The People You Work With
Although this may not suit everyone, making friends at work will help make your day at work feel so much more enjoyable.
It’s amazing how much difference having someone you can rely on, talk to and turn to when things get hard makes.
Making friends at work also gives you the opportunity to get to know more people and to spend time with them outside of work at social events and get-togethers – improving your overall relationship with the people you work with.
- Find Out Your Progression Routes
If you’re looking to progress in your career but feel like there are no progression routes for you in your position, it’s worth doing the research to find out what the next stages are for you.
Similarly, if you’re feeling as though there is no progression for you within in your company, talking to those who can help you will show that you are interested in moving up the career ladder.
It may be the that the people who can control your progression don’t know that you’re interested in being promoted, so the sooner you let them know of your skill sets and that you’re interested, the better.
For example, if you want to transfer to Human Resources and have completed a Master's Degree in Human Resources Management, let your employer know. You never know where it may lead.
- Listen To Music
This may not be an option for everyone but if you’re in a position where you’re able to stick your headphones in and listen to your favourite music, definitely give it a go.
Music has been proven to improve mood and increase productivity so as well as making you happier, it may make you work smarter too.
If you’re stuck for ideas on what to listen to, you could try these Spotify playlists.
- Pack Lunch You’re Excited About
It may seem small, but packing yourself a lunch that you’re excited about will help break up the day.
Whether it’s the leftovers from your fabulous dinner the night before, your favourite sandwich or something you consider a treat – an exciting lunch will be the pick me up you need halfway through the day.
For some incredible lunch ideas, you can check out this amazing Pinterest board here.
- Be Open and Honest About What Makes You Unhappy
If you’re struggling at work and it’s making you really unhappy, consider talking to your manager to express your feelings.
Being open and honest about what is making you unhappy not only means you get it off your chest, but it also gives you a chance to discuss how you think things could change with someone who has the authority to make decisions.
If it’s your manager who is making you unhappy, find someone in human resources to talk to and they will advise you on the best steps to take.
- Don’t Stay Late And Focus On A Good Work-Life Balance
Although working late may seem like a necessity sometimes, it’s important not to let work take over your life.
Regularly working late will mean that you find it hard to differentiate between work and your personal life, affecting your work life balance.
Make time for your friends, your family and to the things you enjoy – you’ll find the days at work go much quicker when you have something to look forward to.
- Spruce Up Your Desk
If you work in an office and have a desk that you can make your own, why not add some personal touches?
Add photos of your friends and family and bring in your favourite stationery to help spruce up your desk.
Plants have been proven to improve your mood, so if you’re allowed it doesn’t hurt to have a plant or two by your side.
Here are some the best plants for the office.
- Avoid Micromanagement
Whilst some people like to be micromanaged, it’s not for everyone.
If you feel like you are being micromanaged and think you could do a better job managing your own time, speak to your manager and let them know how you feel.
Having the freedom to manage your day yourself not only means you get a little more freedom, but it will help improve your overall mood at work.
If you’re a manager and you’re micromanaging your employees, consider asking them if they would like some more freedom – it may free up some time for you too!
Although these tips and tricks won’t solve all over your work woes, hopefully, they will help make your job much more enjoyable.
Let us know in the comments if you try any of them out, or if you have any tips of your own.