Most people have experienced a season when they were not satisfied at work. Maybe it is caused by a project you are not excited about; a co-worker that is difficult or possibly your general health is down. Regardless of what it is, the result is lower job satisfaction and a lack of joy at work which become a downward cycle. No one wants to stay in this place, so here are some strategies to turn that situation around and reclaim your joy.
1. Discard the “Grass is always Greener” view
It is important to remind yourself that every job and company has its issues. It is important to remind yourself of that and focus on what is, not what isn’t. If you can do that, you will have already taken the first step to reclaiming your joy.
2. Make a change at work
When you have identified those things which are issues at work, see what you can do to change them. Not every manager will be open to conversations but a good manager recognizes the benefits of a happy employee and if there are changes within their power to make, a good manager will work with you.
3. Find a professional growth activity
As Albert Einstein said, “The day you stop learning, you start dying.” We all need to be learning and growing and being active in professional learning and development can help recapture your joy at work.
4. Do something to affirm a co-worker
One of the great ways to find joy is to give it. There are lots of ways to affirm another employee but consider writing a handwritten note to another employee recognizing their strengths and how they impact your work or environment. Just doing something positive that benefit a co-worker will help you focus on the positives of that person and reclaim joy.
5. Identify ways that you make an impact
As a part of reclaiming your joy at work, make a list of the activities where you have made an impact at work. This may be specific projects you worked on that were successful, people that you helped or trained to be more, or ideas that you have contributed to help the company as a whole. As you make this list, you are affirming yourself and taking away the power of other things and people to take away your joy.