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Being happy at work starts with you

An average person spends around 10.6 years of their life working, so we think you deserve to be happy whilst doing it.

Culture is a term that has been widely used in recent years with companies aspiring to create amazing work environments with perks galore! But culture does not have to be a big thing, put simply it is a positive working environment which can be created by each person within the company.

Whether you are a permanent employee or a temporary worker, a positive work culture can have a big effect. What many people don’t realise is that they themselves are a key factor to a company’s culture.

Management could be the greatest management in the world and offer a really attractive job package, but if the workers aren’t bought into it, they will bring the culture down.

On the other hand, a company’s management team could be very tough and not offer any positivity from the top down but a positive work force could transform the culture and morale in the office or on the shop floor.

If you want to make a change within your working environment, then you need to be the change.

Many people reading this article, may read it and think, well I knew that. We expect that. But how many of you are acting upon it?

Here are some tips on how to promote and be part of a positive work culture:

Positive outlook
Easier said than done, but if you walk into work every morning thinking you are going to have a bad day, we can almost guarantee that you will. Whereas walking in with a ‘can do’ attitude thinking about the positives of your job, can help you see everything in a better light.

Think about what it is you enjoy most about your job and focus on that, is it the job itself? The money? The people? Whatever it is, think of that just before you head into work and use that to keep you going when times get tough.

Having a positive outlook is not only good for you, but for other members of the team. Mood and attitude can be contagious.

Take an interest
It’s often hard to feel positive about something if you don’t feel part of it. Taking an interest in your company’s direction, latest project or growth plan, even if it does not directly affect you, could have a positive impact.

We all know that times can be tough at work, you will have your stressful days and challenges that arise that test you. If you have a goal or something you are working towards it will give those tough times purpose. Your goal could be learning a new skill, working towards a promotion or even towards a completely new position.

This completely depends on the type of work you are doing and the person that you are. But more often than not, people enjoy work if they get on with the people they work with. Socialising doesn’t have to be a lunch time beer on a Friday or going out with colleagues after work, it can simply mean being sociable. Saying hello to people when you arrive, asking how people’s weekends were and taking an interest in other people’s jobs and lives outside of work.

Things to look forward to
Personal plans such as holidays, days out or even some relaxing time off at home can give you the light at the end of the tunnel when you have had a challenging day, week or even month at work. Get some time off planned in throughout the year and then use them as goal posts or treats to work towards.

The happiest people don't have the best of everything, they make the best of everything

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