More Magazine Issue 10th December 2012

Personal Opinion:

I think positiveness in life is everything otherwise my main blog wouldn’t be called, so this issue Michelle Dewberry discusses in her article how being happy can pay off… 

Are you smiling enough at work? A sunny attitude can fast track you to the top of your career, says Michelle

Did you know that if you’re happy in your job, you can earn £6000 more by the time you’re 30 than your less cheerful colleagues? I was surprised when I read this stat this week, too. But there really is a direct link between how happy you are and your income. Being positive has helped me get and keep jobs in the past – and now, as an employer, I want to have a team who can work hard and keep a smile on their faces. If you have a positive outlook, you’re more likely to push yourself up the career ladder by tackling tasks with enthusiasm, volunteering to assist on projects, and taking work home with you to complete in your own time. And that means you’re getting extra experience and creating the right impression with the people who make the decisions about pay and promotions. In fact, in some jobs being cheerful is a must. When you work in retail, you have to be happy and approachable. Customers won’t want to buy from a snappy, moody looking assistant and it can have an impact on your wages if you’re on commission. If you don’t wake up feeling excited about the day ahead (Yep, even on Mondays), here’s my guide to how to make your working day a happy one… 

1 Accept the lows along with the highs

It’s Important to recognise we all experience ups and downs in life. Be honest with yourself about why you’re unhappy if things aren’t going well. Maybe you aren’t actually suited to what you’re doing? Perhaps it’s the workload, or it may be that you don’t have enough work/life balance. Work out why – then deal with it.

2 Leave the baggage at home

Try not to let personal problems interfere with your work. If you can’t get through the day because your cat’s died or you found out your man’s cheated, take a day’s holiday. If it’s a one off, your boss should be sympathetic. It’s far better to go away and sort your life out than spend the day in tears at your desk.

3 Don’t get mood zapped by others

Often it’s your colleagues, not you, dragging the mood down. We’ve all encountered ‘mood zappers.’ These are the people at work you’ll find huddled in the toilets being bitchy. Stay away from them, or they’ll pull you down. Anyway, it’s not like moaning will fix a bad situation. When you’re unhappy, you have to do something about it to make it better. Whatever you decide, at least you’ll be making a positive step forward. 

4 Wear a smile

Aim to have a work personality – a different persona you put on along with your suit or uniform. This should become the cheery version of you who remains professional no matter what problems you face. That way you’ll always look happy, even if you don’t 100% feel it on the inside. 

5 Know when to call it quits

Obviously you need to think very carefully before you hand in your notice, but sometimes it really is the only option. Once the bad days start outweighing the good ones, then your work has started having a negative impact on your life. It can make you feel constantly exhausted and drained, and that’s clearly not a good thing for you or your employer

(Please Note: The information is from the More Magazine article ‘How being happy can pay off’ By Michelle Dewberry’  in Issue 10th December 2012, I did not write this!)

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