Research shows millennials are switching jobs faster than T Swift can write songs about her exes. A major reason sited for this job hopping, to pursue something they really love. If you are feeling pretty cozy in your current job position, but not loving it, have no fear! I have a list of ways to keep you smiling through each work day! Besides, what is it that our parents always say? Tough times build character…errr something like that. Not that they entered the workforce during a recession or anything.
1. Kick your day off with something you love– call your grandma while you get ready, tell Alexa to play some oldies, whatever puts a smile on your face do that first thing!
2. Eat breakfast – yes, wake up 20 minutes earlier, make some coffee, eat some cereal or eggs or both! (cinnamon brown sugar Special K protein cereal is my personal fav, quick and still fits my macros)
3. Rock out on the way to work– have you ever noticed all radio stations are super chatty in the morning? They are funny and all, but what puts you in a better mood than your favorite song? Put it on, belt out the words you know you want to.
4. Smile at your coworkers– A smile goes a long way! Besides who doesn’t like the coworker that always seems happy?
5. Put yourself in your coworkers shoes– Are your coworkers short with you? Maybe they are even more stressed than you are. Try to imagine what they are dealing with before losing your cool with them.
6. Remember a time when you were jobless– I do this one A LOT, because nothing is worse than being broke and hopeless. Remember how happy you were to get that first job after being hopeless? Now, don’t forget that feeling, you are lucky to be employed.
7. List out all the reasons your job is better than the crummy retail job you hated years ago.
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8. Make friends at work– going to the gym is more fun with a friend, wouldn’t work be more fun with a friend? Get to know your coworkers, sharing a laugh here and there can go a long way.
9. Bring donuts for everyone– watch those smiles form. Hard to have a bad time when everyone is so happy.
10. Listen to upbeat music– oldies just make me smile, if you have a preferred music for loving life play it!
11. Shoot your coworkers a funny email -make sure it’s appropriate for the workplace
12. Set weekly goals at work– When you have something you are working towards it always makes the week go faster.
13. Work to seriously help your boss– ask your boss if they need help completing projects. It is easy to be resentful of someone who seemingly passes all their work onto you and receives the credit, but they are the person recommending you for a raise or even a better position. Make their life easier and it might make your life even better!
14. Work like you are being considered for promotion– deliver your best work on every assignment. If you aren’t currently being looked at for promotion working as if you are might change things.
15. Make sure everyone feels included– a lot of time cliques form at work just like they did in high school. If you see someone left out, try to invite them to lunch or just to join in your conversation.
16. Avoid office gossip– this is hard to resist, but office gossip gets you off task and can hurt others and even hurt your position at the company. Nobody trusts the office gossip.
17. Be a positive person– be someone at work that always has something nice to say and has a smile on their face. It will make your day more positive and improve the days of those around you.
18. Suggest small changes to improve your workplace– this could be office decor, quiet background music or a couch in the breakroom.
19. Listen to your coworkers and boss– listening can go a long way. We are often so busy thinking about what we are going to say that we aren’t really listening. Let people vent or just HEAR what they are saying for a change.
20. Lend your coworkers a helping hand– does someone you work closely with seem stressed? Ask them how you can help. If this is a one man project, offer to bring them some coffee.
21. Get organized at home– half of the time our grumpiness is really something we are bringing to work. Make sure you aren’t at work worrying about your home life. Get organized at home so you don’t have to bring those worries to work.
I hope you find these tips helpful! I would love to hear some of your workplace struggles and see if we can’t come up with a solution. Leave me a comment or send me an e-mail!