What makes for a happy, productive workday for you?
Here at Michael Management, we want our employees to be happy to work for us, and we have a specific formula to help them do just that. Happy employees are motivated and are glad to do more, and we allow them to work from home or utilize a WeWork space for meetings and conferences.
But what about you? Are you happy to work for your current employer, or is it just a job for right now?
A recent survey indicates that millennials believe that learning and growing as an employee is important, and value it more than Boomers and Gen-Xers. What also matters, particularly to millennials, is the company’s mission, and if it aligns with their own values.
Millennials are also averse to long commute times, so working virtual as an option is an important factor when choosing an employer. Some would take that high-stress job if it were their dream job, commute included. But more would choose the shorter commute if it meant a less-than-fulfilling job.
But on a day-to-day basis, do all these high-level points mean you’re happy at work? Maybe. It generally depends on the job, how well suited you are for it, the company you work for, and if you truly enjoy what you do, no matter what that is. Being happy at work usually entails more than just free coffee, snacks, or other available perks.
In a study on organizational success, the iOpener Institute found that enthusiastic employees are 65% more energetic than those who weren’t happy. They’re twice as productive and more likely to stay in a job where they’re glad to be. The report also found that:
All these things can start with just one happy person at work.
Here are five things to consider if you’re unhappy at your desk.
Even when you work for an employer, ultimately, you work for yourself. You, therefore, are in charge of your professional development, not your supervisor or company. It’s OK to ask for feedback and advice, but it’s up to you to continue to grow as an employee, and as an individual.
If increasing your skill level or adding a new skill is something that’s warranted, such as learning or increasing your knowledge of SAP, it’s up to you to get started and stay motivated to get to the finish line.
If all else fails, and there’s just no way to salvage the situation, the answer for you may be finding another job. This Gallup poll shows that 50% of people left their jobs to get away from their managers and improve their career elsewhere.
Once you start looking, keep in mind the things that are important to you in a job. From a positive corporate culture to working remotely, remember what’s most valuable to you in a company and your career.
And the process may just make you feel a little better. After all, you want to bring a little happiness with you into your next job, don’t you?
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