If you don’t like your job, you aren’t alone. In fact, two out of three working Americans do not feel engaged at work, according to a Gallup survey. And many of these people spend more of their waking time working than doing anything else.
As a psychology professor at a business school, I have chatted with many unhappy employees. I have found that one big reason people are unhappy at work is that when they choose a job or a project, they are not aware of what will truly matter to them once they are in the midst of it.
People send résumés and go to interviews thinking that they care only about salaries and promotions. These are important, yes, but they are not enough. To identify a satisfying job, people should be thinking about office morale and doing work that is interesting and fun. Read more
Start your weekend off right.
How you end your workweek will not only have a huge impact on how productive you are the following week, but also may determine how relaxed you are over the weekend. Read more
If you’re chained to a desk all day, you’re likely to feel the effects on body and mood. A few workspace tweaks can help.
The average employed American adult spends well over a third of the day working – and more often than not, those eight-hours-plus aren’t healthy ones, loaded with sedentary behavior, sugary office snacks and bleak cubicle walls. The good news? A few simple tricks can improve your on-the-clock well-being. Read more
Monday mornings are the most critical time of the workweek — they set the stage for the day and week ahead.
“Because you’ve stepped away for a couple days, these back-to-work mornings are the most memorable for the rest of the week,” says Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and the author of “Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job.”
“They influence your mindset in a positive or negative way, depending on what actions you decide to take,” Taylor says.
Most successful people are keenly aware of the typical Monday-morning workplace dynamic of unanticipated events, overflow of communications, and general chaos. “But after weathering hundreds of them, they realize they must gain control and stay upbeat,” Taylor explains. “They take extra steps to compensate for this busy time of the week, and apply their best management skills to ensure that the day unfolds as smoothly as possible.” Read more
Job seekers usually get encouraged when they see a position posted online, or hear of an opportunity that fits their experience and skills very closely. They believe they may have found a viable role to land into.
And they’re right… it MAY be the right one.
However, what they often miss at that stage, is to consider whether they may be a good fit for the organization, the managerial style, and the team.
As much as employers are looking for someone with the skills and experience to fill a particular role, they are also looking for someone that will be a good fit to their culture. Read more
Yet another excuse to grab a cup of coffee.
Given that Americans spend more than one-third of their days working, it’s no wonder employees end up feeling stressed, burnt out, and exhausted. Science has a solution: get up and take a break. Just make sure it’s the right kind of break — the type that leaves you feeling energized and focused. Researchers from Baylor University explain exactly what you should do when you tell your boss you need to “take five.” Read more
Most of us have probably created a “My Job Sucks, Make It Feel Better!” playlist at one point or another. There are many subtle and varied options for the discerning disaffected peon – ‘Sixteen Tons’ for the under-appreciated and prospect-less; ‘Take This Job and Shove It’ for the more assertive malcontents; and for the pacifists among us, maybe just a plaintive, ‘(Lord I) Feel Like Going Home’.
Everyone has moments of frustration, however much they may love their job – statistics indicate that the average length of a work-related moment of frustration is about forty years, so one option is to just hang in there and wait for retirement (disclaimer: this statistic may be a lie). Read more
Based on the time logs of highly successful (and productive) women.
Tackling a to-do list can seem impossible, almost as impossible as achieving the ever elusive “work-life balance.” When Laura Vanderkam, author of I Know How She Does It, studied hourly time logs from successful women—criteria being they have to have at least one child under 18 and earn a six-figure salary—she saw a few surprising patterns. Here, Vanderkam shares advice gleaned from watching how these working women divvied up their 168-hour weeks, and how you can too. Read more
When you interview for a new position, much of the conversation focuses on you and how you’d fill the given role and meet the expected qualifications. As a result, you spend a lot of time selling yourself and your skills.
But choosing to take a new job isn’t just about what you will do for the company— it’s also about whether the company is a good fit for your professional goals and day-to-day happiness. You’ll spend roughly 40 hours a week at work, so you need to make sure this job is one in which you’ll flourish. Read more
As we spend more time at the office, we search even harder for better ways to achieve the mythical “work-life balance”. From taking lunchtime walks to adjusting frustrating commutes to trading old jobs for ones we actually like, we make changes (both big and small) for the sake of our workplace happiness. But what many of us might not realize is that the biggest mood booster could be sitting in the desk chair right next to us. Read more