International Week of Happiness at Work￼
Unknown to many, the world recognises 19th through the 25th of September as International Week of Happiness at Work. For employees, feeling happy at work is a sense that they truly enjoy what they do, are proud of themselves, and value being around their coworkers. It goes beyond the simple satisfaction of crossing something off your never-ending list of to-dos or arriving at work just before your alarm goes off.
Maintaining some level of happiness at work has become more important and relevant than ever due to the increasing effort brought on by economic uncertainties and rising competition over the past 10 years in Uganda’s advertising environment. There are several approaches for both individuals and businesses to achieve and sustain workplace happiness, here are just a few:
- Prioritising your Work- Life Balance.
In addition to being crucial for relationships and health, preserving a healthy work-life balance may boost employee performance and increase productivity. Simply said, if your employees don’t see work as a chore, they’ll put in more effort, make fewer errors, and be more willing to promote your business. Businesses that develop a reputation for promoting work-life balance have grown to be quite appealing, especially in light of how challenging it can be to recruit and retain younger people in today’s workforce. As the old saying goes, “leave Work at Work.” Making a firm separation between your personal and professional lives is necessary if you want to leave work at work. This means that you do your work-related tasks during the workday and reserve your free time for personal pursuits.
- The System of Recognise and Reward.
People frequently rely on outside approval to recognise when they are performing well. In huge organisations, it may sometimes be simple to lose sight of who deserves praise and rewards at the end of the day. It’s crucial to give yourself some time to celebrate when you accomplish each of your daily goals. Internal motivation is better than external validation. If you’ve been working on a project for a while and it’s starting to pay off, it’s important to take matters into your own hands. Give yourself credit where credit is due. This might be as simple as buying a new notebook or spending a little more on lunch than usual. Whatever it is, make sure to treat yourself.
- All about that Mindset.
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose.
Maintaining a positive mindset is important in a workplace. An optimistic outlook encourages everyone to attempt new things, to be courageous when coming up with new ideas, and to look forward to going to work each day alongside their co-workers.
However, genuine workplace satisfaction ultimately comes from inside. You should consider if you genuinely love what you do and whether you feel proud of your work achievements. As we observe this International Week of Happiness at Work, some food for thought.
Maya Mitala is a Content Creator at QG Group.