Is there a way we can convince ourselves that we are happy? How about the pressures of personal, family, and work pressures? Which of these contribute the biggest pressures on us? The problem here seems to be that the time we spend at work is in average twice the time we spend with our families and friends, and that the pressures we suffer from in the workplace continues to take hold of us even after we leave the workplace. Thus, our personal life is both affected and controlled by our work life. Therefore, the starting point towards redirecting our emotions towards being more constructive and positive is: “how to enjoy our jobs?” and hopefully if we were able to make this happen, a lifelong happiness can be attained. We need to persuade ourselves that we are happy. We need – if I may - brainwash ourselves into the belief that we are happy, talk ourselves into it. Mission impossible? No. It is difficult but possible? It is worth trying. An adventure in ‘self-deceit’ that is worth doing.Work is a great value in itself. It is crucial In accomplishing self-actualization. In that sense the recognition we get at work recharges our batteries and sharpens our appetite for more achievements and more rewards. But, what happens if we do not get the recognition we deserve? Demotivation builds up and work becomes some kind of punishment, and the workplace turns gradually into a torture chamber. Intrinsic motivation is can compensate the lack of motivation we suffer at the workplace as a result of the managers negligence to reinforce good work. Here is my prescription to you to make up for the lack of simple ‘thank you’ jests at the workplace: If you have to work, you might as well enjoy it. Why be unhappy for 40 hours per week at the least? Out of experience, here are ten ways to enjoy your work:
2. Maintain good and friendly relationships with your employer and with your co-workers. Getting along with and liking the people you work with will make any job more enjoyable. Emotional intelligence helps us accept the other. Greatly diverse workplaces became the norm of the new century. Consider it an adventure not a threat. It could be a rich learning process of added value to you.
7. Do more than you are paid to do. If you do just enough to barely maintain your membership in the organization, you will be bored soon, but if you really get after it, you will feel good about yourself. Besides that, your boss will soon notice, and before too long you will be rewarded. Persistence will get you there, even if you experience some stumbling blocks.
9- Seek joining successful teams doing special projects or tasks. They are usually spotlighted and get full support of the senior management. They also become more legible to promotion than those who do not demonstrate their competencies and skills, and stay away from being seen by the decision makers in the organization. By belonging to a winning team, you can maintain your high flyer status while gaining organizational recognition.
10- Quit if you feel that you can no more tolerate the organizational pressure and politics especially the relationship with your immediate supervisor who is supposed to lend you the required support to succeed. It is not worth it to expose yourself to a daily test of tolerance. The impact on your psyche and health is accumulative and damaging.