The best way to maximize your productivity on the job is to be happy at work. No other factor comes close to giving you the boost in efficiency than really enjoying your work.
There are dozens of practices you can do to boost your productivity while at work. These include better planning, writing better to do lists, spending less time on your email, keeping meetings short, etc.
However, none of these things measures up to the effect that happiness has on our productivity.
- Happy people accomplish more on the job.
- Happy people are more creative. If one is in a good mood, creative thoughts flow much better.
- Happy people fix problems more readily instead of complaining about them.
- Happy people are more optimistic; they accomplish more and are more successful.
- Happy people have more energy and therefore get more done.
- Happy people get sick less often. They are less vulnerable to stress and burnout.
- Happy people are more relaxed, and they learn faster and become more productive employees.
It is important that the employer creates an environment for the employee to function at peak efficiency. Sometimes a person has many jobs that could be divided with other employees. Nora talked with her boss and they decided to give some routine duties to Sarah, who had a lighter work load. As a result, Nora was free to do more creative work, and her overall productivity skyrocketed.
Fun is underrated in the workplace. A good manager creates opportunities to have fun. It can be pizza in the staff room, ice cream in the park, or a boat ride on a lake. It does not have to be anything fancy. The purpose is to create a chance to relate in a different way. People will find common interests when they have time to talk in a relaxed atmosphere.
When a team has accomplished a long term goal together, it is really healthy to have a party to celebrate. It serves as a milestone. Members reinforce the idea that all of us are in this company or department together. The leader has an opportunity to congratulate everyone for their hard work.
How do you get happy on your job? There are dozens of things you can do. You need to decide to be a happier person. No one can do this for you. It is definitely up to you, and the rewards are well worth the effort.