Happy new year! Yes, I know I’m late to this party, but it’s still January right? I’ve had a lovely Christmas, a fab holiday over the new year, and a bit of time reflecting on my goals for the coming year, so it’s taken a little while to get started. I hope you had a wonderful break too.
Many people do take time out at the start of a year to think about their goals for the coming year, and our work life is often a factor in this reflection. Do you want a new job? Do you want not to have to work? Do you want to start working for yourself? Maybe. Or maybe you just want to enjoy what you are doing more? We don’t always need a big change to make things better. If you’re in the non profit sector, you may be committed to what your organisation does, but you don’t have a great working relationship with your colleagues or boss. Maybe all it would take to improve things for you is to make some changes to your current situation for things to be a whole lot better. Maybe you love what you do, but you’re stressed out from how big your workload is. Making a few changes to work smarter could be all you need to increase your happiness at work.
A new study reported in the HR Review said that a 1% increase in happiness could boost the UK economy by £2.4 billion a year. They kind of ruin it a bit for me, by then giving examples of things that improve happiness, all being in the control of the individual – exercise, get more sleep and reflect on their own wellbeing. These things are all well and good, and yes, of course if you want to be happier and are not doing these things, great, you can start and get happier. My beef with this though, is that what if work is a cause of your unhappiness and stress? Do we absolve organisations of their part in our happiness? There needs to be a balance between taking control of your own destiny and not letting organisations off the hook.
Always good to take control though, and in a new series of videos one of the aspects I look at is how to improve productivity at work by harnessing the power of autonomy. If you’d like to learn more you can watch the intro here.