Simple and easy steps that will help increase job satisfaction.

Start by spreading good vibes in the workplace.

Judith Uusi-Hakimo

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Considering how much of your sense of identity is tied up in your jobs and how much of your time you spend at work, it shouldn’t surprise you that being happy at work is strongly linked to being happy in life.

Whether you work full-time, part-time or casual, your life will be more enjoyable and rewarding if you find pleasure and purpose in what you do every day.

However, no matter how hard you try to be happy at work, things don’t always come out the way you wanted them to be. Conflicts and negativity can often exist in the workplace, and the people you spend time with can profoundly influence your mood, energy, engagement, and productivity.

Have you had days at work when you spend time with people who are always negative and complaining, and your good mood quickly descends? These people often suck the positivity out of you.

When you spend time with positive people, you feel energized, your spirit lifted, and you get through the day happy because you are having such a good time.

Whether they are negative or positive, emotions are contagious. But you can always help yourself and your colleagues make or keep your workplace a happy place by doing the following.

Stay away from gossip

Gossip is toxic, especially when the intention is to harm another person. Avoid it as much as you can because negativity breeds negativity.

Facilitate trust among colleagues

Work feels much more like fun when there is a high level of trust. Positive relationships flourish by being trusting and trustworthy, and as a result, productivity increases.

Appreciate people

Feeling appreciated is much more motivating than a pay rise. Expressing gratitude builds positive relationships. Tell someone how much you appreciate them and value their help and input.

Develop genuine rapport

Find common ground and show empathy toward colleagues by developing rapport and more profound…

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Judith Uusi-Hakimo

A Nurse by profession. A mother of three and a wife of one. A storyteller and an aspiring writer.