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Is Expecting Workplace Happiness Expecting Too Much?

Employee HappinessIf you’re like most working adults, you have a Linkedin profile that connects you with other professionals. This month, one particular article caught my attention.

The article, “Four keys to happiness in your job” by Gary S., a CEO of oDesk spoke on what a person needs to thrive in their career. To me, all the factors were pretty self-explanatory and even common sense: impact, growth and development, financial reward and work-life balance.

What got my attention wasn’t the content of the article itself, but the comment a man named Kevin Rockwell left in response. “Nonsense to your 4 points…Most people could care less about what kind of impact they’re going to have on the world, their growth and development within the company, or for the flipping work-life balance. Geez, that last one is ridiculous. People want to pay their bills… Here’s a suggestion, Gary – one night this week sit down with your family to a dinner of noodles with cream of mushroom soup as a sauce and a side of pinto beans. Then get back to me about how important your four points are.”

Regardless of who I agree with, this debate sparked my curiosity and caused me to ask some questions around the office. One coworker in particular surprised me when I asked him if he cared about the impact his job made on the world. The man I asked is one of those fit, All-American men with a cheerful disposition, a happy family at his remodeled home and a job that he’s good at. But when I asked him my question, he stared at me with a stumped look. He said he had never thought about it. He said that as long as his impact and integrity at home were positive, he didn’t care about his job.

Hmm…

Why are the two not intertwined, I asked. Well, I guess they are, he said. He then went on to describe a past job at a large corporation you’re quite familiar with where he made lots of money but he hated every second of it. For you Harry Potter fans, he compared his workplace to Azkaban and his coworkers to dementors. He was literally drained of happiness.

Obviously we work because we need to pay our bills, but beyond that, shouldn’t we work because we enjoy it, we’re good at it, and we care about what we produce? From serving tables to protecting the President, we all have a role to play and when a person is doing his or her best at all hours of a day, expressing fully his or her values and beliefs in a consistent manner, a habit is forged that produces character. Life becomes integrated. What is held to be true, good, and virtuous in one setting . . . is true, good, and virtuous in ALL settings. There is no switching from “work mode” or “work values” to “home mode” and “home values.”

What do you think? Have you thought about these keys to happiness before? Do you care about how your work and home life integrate with each other?

 

Take Advantage of Your Strengths

Learn what your strengths are

Learn what your strengths are

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Wellbeing, and Peak Human Performance.

We all have our own innate strengths. Some strength you may only discover in times of crisis. Other strengths you discover as you progress through life and pay attention to your skills.

You never know what you can achieve through your strengths and how you may actually help other people unless you apply them. The key is to stay focused on your goals and ignore the negativity of others. This is, of course, assuming you have goals. Not to be negative, but many people struggle to do what is required of them on a daily basis, much less dream bigger. Many may be overwhelmed with negativity and not even believe they can get better. If this is the case, read this.

Once you’ve changed your perspective and decided your goals (potentially the most important step), you can move onto applying your strengths and passions on a daily basis.

As a professional speaker, I work to motivate my audience through positive advice as well as the encouragement that anyone can improve their life. I didn’t start out this way. I was once a student wondering what to do with me life. It wasn’t until later that I realized what I loved to do- help others help themselves.

You will get much more satisfaction out of your work if you’re able to do something you are good at and actually enjoy doing. I know this might seem far fetched, but if you support your skills with a positive perspective, the right job will come to you.  At the same time, remember that everything takes work. Very few of us will just be that good at something without training. You may have an innate skill within you, but you still have to train it. This takes intention, consistency and passion. The right job isn’t going to fall in your lap, you have to develop your skills on a regular basis and put yourself into the world with the belief that something good will work.

As you develop your skills, you will grow confident and motivated at work.  and soon you will feel good in other areas of your life too. The secret to work life balance is simple once you get to this step because if you’ve successfully integrated your passions and strengths with your work, your life will be ideal. More on the logistics of this later.

 

 

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Five Tips to Deal with Grief

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Wellbeing, and Peak Human Performance.Good griefDisappointment and grief are some of the hardest things to deal with in life. Even when you work hard and give it your all, bad things can happen to you and you can suffer setbacks. In such cases, you may think life is unfair and feel miserable, but you have to accept that those things are out of your control and you can only control how you react to the situation.

Five tips to deal with grief:

Accept that you’re sad:

Stuff happens. And the first step to dealing with something is to admit that it’s there. You may need days or weeks to sit with your sadness before you can move on. That’s okay. It’s a part of life that everyone has to deal with, and it will take some time to get over.

Don’t numb the pain:

This is part b to the first tip. Yes, you’re going through something difficult, but you’ve got to go through it. You can’t get past your sadness if you ignore it with alcohol, drugs, food, sleep or whatever else your method may be. You honestly might have a few nights where you have too many beers and shed a few tears, but don’t let that become your life. Put your chin up and move on.

Stay busy:

Part of moving on includes being so busy that you don’t dwell on the negative. Work hard at your job. Get some new hobbies. Clean your personal space. Being successful in these realms will motivate you to have a positive perspective.

Focus on the good:

Having a positive perspective is impossible unless you choose to focus on what you’re thankful for on a daily basis. Keep a gratitude journal. Get out in nature. Play with your dog. This grief is only a piece of your life. Put your energy into contemplating what else is making you happy.

Build your community:

Good people make for a good life. If you’re lonely or avoiding others because of your grief, it’s so much harder to get over it. Be intentional with the relationships you have and if you’re lacking people in your life, put yourself out there and meet people. Sometimes you have to choose to make friends. Sometimes your friends come to you. Either way, they are an invaluable part of your recovery process.

It can be hard to remain positive during difficult times but it’s not impossible. There is often a lighter side to things and sometimes when one door is closed, another is opened for you. You should just focus on the good things in your life and appreciate what you still have. You don’t have to go through hardship on your own so don’t be afraid to ask for support from those close to you.

If you keep a positive attitude you will eventually recover from your setbacks and be a stronger person in the end, sometimes you may just need to follow the advice of a motivational speaker who’s been through grief too.

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Avoid Negativity in the Workplace

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Wellbeing, and Peak Human Performance.

thinking-positiveStudies show that the least productive thing to do in the workplace is venting. The negativity doesn’t help you or those who have to listen to you. So rather than being the Negative Nancy in your office space, concentrate on being positive. When you’re overwhelmed take on the learner’s perspective to bring you out of your funk.

If you know someone who is negative in the workplace, try to avoid them as much as possible or your productivity will suffer. If you’re a manager, implementing workplace wellness programs can help reduce negativity in the workplace.

Sometimes it is impossible to avoid negative people at work and you have no choice but to effectively deal with them. In such cases, deal with the problem calmly and follow the proper workplace procedures for dealing with conflict and ensure that the matter is resolved amicably, and if necessary, face the situation head on with a kind resolve and encourage the negative coworker. Positivity is infectious, it just takes one person to start the trend.

Never let the negativity of others bring you down when you have to deal with them. Always try to respond with a positive attitude. You can never know what is motivating someone’s negativity so accept their perspective and smile. Be the person you want to work with and you’ll have a productive, positive day.

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Self-Confidence is the Key to Success

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Wellbeing, and Peak Human Performance.

You may look at others and believe that their lives are perfect. The truth is that you are the only one who is fully aware of all your faults and insecurities. When you are feeling insecure, don’t forget that you are not the only one who feels that way and others also have their faults that cause them uncertainty.

Everyone at some time has regrets about how they have done things or the feelings they have had. If you want to gain confidence in yourself and your capabilities, you need to concentrate on your strengths and work on your weaknesses.

You have to have self-confidence to succeed in love and business. You need to look at yourself and discover your positive characteristics and you will find that these will be most obvious during times of hardship and stress.

You should take pride in the things you are good at. Concentrate on these things and have confidence in your ability to improve on your weaknesses. By having a positive attitude and a proper awareness of your strengths and weaknesses, you will easily reach your goals.

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