If you feel like you hate your job or are miserable in your workplace, you’re not alone.
Around the world, a mere 13 percent of workers feel energized and engaged in their workplace. Believe it or not, it might not be the case that you simply despise your job.
Many workers are suffering from burnout, and that can lead to feelings of despair, depression, fatigue, and ineffectiveness in their jobs. Combine that with long hours, harsh lights, and old coffee, and you’ve got a recipe for a soul-crushing workplace.
Feeling better about your work situation takes a special effort, but once you’ve done it, you might remember why you accepted the job in the first place.
Take a damn break
In fast-paced modern society, especially in office environments where quick deliverables and looming deadlines make everything feel hectic and stressful, it’s easy to feel like you can never stop working. Don’t neglect your need to take some time to recharge.
Take full advantage of your legally mandated breaks, and consider actually using that vacation time rather than cashing it out. And don’t forget to simply get away from your workstation, if only for five minutes.
Stretch. Rest your eyes. Get some water. Being constantly plugged in is not natural, and it’s not good for you.
Find ways to engage with coworkers
Part of being in a workplace is taking advantage of the social connection it provides. Move beyond water-cooler talk and have lunch with your coworkers. Find fun and creative things to do at meetings or retreats. If you’re not in a position to organize activities, suggest it to management.
Need a motivating factor? Tell your manager that companies with engaged, happy employees are safer and more profitable.
Taking time to socialize and connect with others won’t take away from your work: It will add to it by helping you build camaraderie and boost your sense of belonging. Plus, you just may develop some beneficial, trusting relationships!
It’s tempting to knock out several projects at once when you have dual monitors, a smartphone, a tablet, and a phone all your disposal. Don’t do it! Workers who multitask are less productive, not more — and they’re much more likely to feel stressed and burned out.
Think of it this way: Your brain can’t effectively devote attention to more than one task. That’s just not how humans are made. We need to be able to focus on a task, but we’re also wired to be distracted in case of danger. Now, we’re willingly allowing ourselves to be distracted in the name of getting two things done at once. That really doesn’t make sense, when you think about it. Focus on the task at hand and resist the temptation to multitask!
By following these three simple steps, you should start to feel less burned out and stressed, yet more productive and relaxed while at work. That in turn can boost your feeling of comfort and belonging in your workplace. Don’t let you job suck you dry; by implementing self-care as part of your work routine, you’ll feel much happier and more fulfilling in your job.