4 June 2014, 17:37

How to Stay Happy At Work: Psychologist’s Tips

How to Stay Happy At Work: Psychologist’s Tips

By Crystal Park

WASHINGTON (VR) – Most people end up in their current jobs out of necessity, not choice; but that doesn't mean you can't be happy where you are, claims Dr. Shelley Reciniello, author of The Conscious Leader: 9 principles and practices to create a wide-awake and productive workplace.

"Thirty percent of Americans workers say they're disengaged from what they do,” she said. “I think it has more to do with what goes on in the workplace, not necessarily that they're not in their dream jobs and not being creative."

If you hate your job, chances are, you're not alone. According to the Energy Product, 70% of employees say they don't have enough time in their day for creative and strategic thinking. Forty-five percent of workers don't feel positive about their job.

It's easy to be unhappy even at your dream job, Reciniello says, because it's all about the little interactions that add up throughout the day. "People are mostly unhappy at work because of what goes on there that they don't understand. There's a lot of static- a lot of unconscious and problematic issues, behaviors, bad relationships, interactions that are specific to the workplace. That's what's making people's lives unfulfilling."

Changing workplace morale and culture starts at the top, says Reciniello. Leaders can set the tone for a positive, encouraging environment, but unfortunately, most leaders are poorly trained or equipped to lead like that. Reciniello believes there isn't enough emphasis on fostering better leaders, and thus, employees' morale sink.

But even if you're not the CEO, it's possible to begin change just by yourself. "Just because you don't have the authority or a title doesn't mean you can't lead others. History is filled with people who do that. That's the difference- you may not control everybody else, but you can control yourself, and people will want to listen to you. People will want to follow what you do."

The first step, says Reciniello, is to acknowledge our own weaknesses as employees so we don't keep repeating the same mistakes and perpetuating the same negative cycles. Reciniello calls it tapping into our collective conscience. "There's a whole body of knowledge we really do have about how human beings know themselves and get along with other people, and we've left it out of the collective knowledge bank. It just disappeared. We're all into a quick fix and we have no patience, and everything is rushed that we've forgotten there are certain ways we need to interact with each other, and it starts with oneself."

In her book, Reciniello outlines nine steps to finding happiness at work, no matter where you work.

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