People's first assumption is that they should change company when they don't feel happy at work, but many times you just need to make some simple adjustments on your mindset and the way you engage with your colleagues. Here are a few simple ideas.
Clarify expectations & communicate your achievements
As an employee, you want to feel that you can influence and contribute, which really means you need to see results about what you do.
If you want to feel that you are performing and constantly developing, it’s good to always strive to reach new goals. If you notice your progress, you will feel more confident that you are doing a good job.
Define clear goals with your manager and monitor their progress over a longer period of time. It will give you a clear idea of your contribution and it will make your manager more aware of your achievements.
Ask for feedback, give feedback
People want to feel that they are appreciated by their employers. A simple “thank you” or encouragement by managers can often make people feel better about their work, sometimes just as much as a salary increase.
If you don’t get feedback, ask your direct manager about having a regular one-on-one meeting. Just because your manager doesn’t give you feedback doesn’t mean that you are doing a bad job – it may be that your manager isn’t even aware of the situation or simply doesn’t have the time to share feedback as often as you’d expect.
Communicate what you think and what improvements you believe could be made, and try to understand how you position yourself in front of your peers and managers.
Be there for your colleagues first
Employees who like their colleagues have a greater chance of being happy at work, because relationships are one of the biggest drivers of happiness in our lives.
Make sure not to be the colleague who only speaks about the job all the time. Show a genuine interest in your peers and their interests. And who knows, your might build some strong friendships and personal connections as well.
Build social connections at work and you will feel more committed, accountable and motivated to move towards your goals as you feel part of a group effort on a more personal level.
Take ownership over your work
Employees that have control over their work usually have a higher degree of satisfaction and experience less stress. Autonomy is an important factor that influences well-being, and ultimately impacts your personal motivation and ability to have a positive impact.
Sometimes it may seem that you are the last person who has the power to influence your tasks, but you can absolutely negotiate and ask your manager if you can get more responsibility, or some flexibility in setting your own goals and future challenges. Even in companies that are more strict, you could gain your territory, but do start asking, not just expect it.
Negotiate your autonomy little by little and, not only will you enjoy more personal freedom, but you will make yourself more valuable to your managers as you're taking tasks off theirs hands.
Find your tribe
Employees who are proud of their job, their employers and their achievements have a bigger chance to be happy in their work life and thrive more than others.
A genuine sense of accomplishment comes from doing a great job together with like-minded colleagues, so define what that means for you, and surround yourself with the type of work and people that bring you the most value.
Find the people you most resonate with within the company and try to stick with them. Engaged groups generate better results, improve your morale and push you forward faster than you think.
One last idea we’d like to leave you with
It’s not always that you need to do something as drastically as changing a profession or even your work to increase your job satisfaction. Often it is enough to just become aware of what it is that gives you energy and find ways to get more of it at your workplace. Just define what you want!