Happy at Work?

 
The guys over at Action for Happiness (check them out, very cool) posted about how staff are happier at work when they feel valued, trusted and appreciated – sounds obvious but how common is this feeling?

Part of the coaching that I practice is about bringing positivity into everyday life and I include work in that, indeed some clients end up changing jobs during a coaching engagement. We spend so much of our time at work that it is crucial that we enjoy it, taking into account that some of it will be less stimulating but overall liking what you do. The key to this in my eyes is good management and therefore staff that feel valued.

When thinking about your job I encourage you to go through the following questions and see how many times you answer ‘yes’:

  • Do you feel respected by your boss?
  • Do you feel valued and appreciated by your boss?
  • Do you generally feel valued, trusted and appreciated by work colleagues?
  • Do you generally feel valued, trusted and appreciated by customers/clients?
  • Does your boss ask for your thoughts/advice at times?
  • Is your role at work clear and consistent?
  • Have you ever been thanked for your work?
  • Do you feel free to offer suggestions to your boss?
  • Do you trust your boss?

The important think here is about how YOU feel about these questions rather than about how your boss would answer by showing how many courses they’ve sent you on or perks they may have given you.

If the number of times you answered no outnumbers  the times you said yes you may want to think about how this could change or whether it’s you that needs to change. Life’s too short to stay in a job that leaves you feeling short-changed, you deserve better!

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