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Understanding Your Happiness in the Workplace

When you think of your career prospects and your personal life, you might not be someone who tends to think of your happiness as being something that makes a success story. However, your working life might comprise a high percentage of what you do in any given week and putting your emotional state to one side for that long could have negative consequences on your mental health.

There are many ways in which your happiness might be affected in the workplace, and that means that there are potentially many ways for you to go about improving how you feel, if you think that there is room to do so.

Understanding your happiness in the workplace.

Mistreatment and Resolution


Not everyone is fortunate enough to work in an environment where they are valued as individuals by their employer. To those who do work within an unpleasant or negative space, it can feel as though you’re trapped, with little that you can do about it. There are always HR and similar routes if you feel as though something needs to be done about it, but it might also be that the problem that has arisen is to do with a particular issue or dispute, such as something to do with overtime pay, for example. In these cases, it helps to be sure. Therefore, taking the steps to calculate regular rate of pay can help you to understand your position and if you’re being taken advantage of, potentially leading to the next step of getting legal help involved.

The Space Itself


You might not even think about how much the physical space that you work in impacts your happiness, but if you’re finding yourself to be miserable most days at work, it could certainly be worth investigating. If you don’t find yourself in a position to do much, it can lead to some despair, but it also might be something that opens a conversation with your co-workers and employer.

Therefore, the first step might be to simply recognize the kind of impact that workplace design can have on the mood and productivity of the employees working there. When tied to productivity like this, the move to have the environment changed for the better could appeal to the reasoning of the higher-ups.

Your Personal Time


If you’re someone who doesn’t particularly enjoy your time spent working, it might cause you some dissatisfaction that it takes up so much of your personal time. If this is the case, it might be time to consider some flexible working options that could potentially change that. If this is a conversation that your current employer is willing to have, it might help you to adjust more comfortably within your current job. However, there’s a chance that they might not be willing to do so, meaning that you would likely be encouraged to look for work elsewhere in order to find a situation that suits you better. This might not be such a bad thing, though, and understanding what makes you happy in a day-to-day way can help you to customize your career to your own tastes.