While it might not be the easiest thing to do, training yourself to be your best self at work is not only important for your productivity, but it is also important for your wellbeing.
Even though corporate wellness programmes are a key aspect of psychological wellbeing, it’s important for employees to take ownership of their own happiness. Here’s how:
- Leave your baggage at the door: Don’t allow your past work experiences to affect the way you approach your current job. To understand the role you played in an unhappy situation, you need to look at what signs you may have overlooked, analyse situations where you should have spoken up, but didn’t, and decide what you can do differently, moving forward.
- Express your needs: Transparent, meaningful conversations are key. When you have a grievance in the workplace, discuss it with management and propose a solution in a professional manner.
- Have a career plan: It’s important to know how you’d like your career to progress over the next one to five years and set realistic monthly goals that will help you get there. Track your progress and celebrate small achievements.
- Clarify your values: Let your values guide your decisions and priorities. Make sure the company and the work you do are aligned with these values and you’ll be more driven in your job.
- Challenge yourself: If you’re uninspired or feel as if you’ve stagnated, it’s time to take control of your professional progress. Volunteer to take on more responsibility, improve your skills, further your eduction or discuss promotion opportunities with HR.
- Mentorship: Consider the benefits of having or being a mentor. A mentor can act as a sounding board for career guidance and improve your psychological wellbeing, while being a mentor and sharing your knowledge and experience with others can bring you great fulfilment.