Too often, many people are too scared to follow their dreams and do what they love the most. When you are enjoying what you are doing, it doesn’t feel like working at all. Not everyone needs a career that inspires deep passion or speaks of their individual values.
Take charge of your own growth by investing in your personal and professional development. I am very particular with continuous professional growth. It doesn’t mean that you are old, you could no longer learn a thing or two. If you can’t study in school, look for assignments that will challenge your maximum potential. Pursue opportunities and connections that you find valuable, even if your current employer isn’t creating those opportunities for you.
Receiving feedback about your work can either provide positive reinforcement that makes you feel valued, or it can fill in key skill and understanding gaps that will help you do your job and fit into your work environment more successfully. But employees who don’t receive this feedback from their managers often feel undervalued, unable to do their jobs, and unhappy at work.
One of the most serious causes of work stress and unhappiness is failing to keep commitments. In many cases, employees spend more time making excuses for failing to keep a commitment and worrying about the consequences of incomplete tasks than they spend completing their work.
To manage stress levels and minimize unhappiness at work, create a system for tracking your commitments and managing your schedule. Stay organized enough that you can judge quickly and accurately whether you are actually able to commit to a request or a new assignment. Don’t volunteer for additional work or office tasks if you don’t have time.
If your workload is exceeding your available time and energy, don’t accept the unhappy status quo. Working in a toxic environment will increase your unhappiness, no matter how much you enjoy your job. Choosing to be happy at work means avoiding negative conversations, gossip, and unhealthy work relationships as much as possible.
No matter how positively you feel, negative people have a profound impact on your psychological well-being. Conflict can be negative, however, when addressed openly, with positive communication, clear goals, and respect for your coworkers and supervisors, conflict can be a positive thing at work.
Practicing professional courage can also create new opportunities for you, either in your current position or further in your career. And when you stand up for your ideas, goals, and dreams, you feel proud of yourself and happy with your choices because you learned to be happy with what you have while working to achieve what you want.
A toxic work culture is not a good fit for everybody. In that case, it may be time to reevaluate your employer, your job, or your entire career. Actively searching for a new job that is more in line with your professional interests and personal values may be the best thing you can do to gain a sense of control and put a smile on your face once more.