Are you the grumpy boots at work?

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RIGHT ATTITUDE: Make your work a happy place.

OUR jobs may fall under the word ‘work,’ but that doesn’t mean that we have to be miserable while doing them! Just today at the Health Centre I noticed that the receptionists that take the appointments always have long sour faces on them. Granted, their jobs are detailed and somewhat tedious at times, but being gloomy while working isn’t helping matters! I am not asking that they jump around and sing like they are in a Broadway musical, but cracking a smile now and then wouldn’t hurt.

Find the right attitude:

Just because someone pays you to do something does not mean you can’t enjoy it or at least use the experience to help you get a job that you will enjoy.

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Given that most of us spend more waking time working than we do anything else, putting in some effort to make our work gratifying for us too will have lasting implications, both in and out of the office.

A bad attitude breeds a bad working environment, so being more cheerful can only make work a more pleasant place to spend time.

Acknowledge stress:

If work for you is a pain, then it’s a good idea to try and figure out what it is that’s causing tension in your job. Maybe you can change the way you operate to ease the stress. But, if this is not possible, then just acknowledge the stress and let yourself understand that you can’t change things, so you just have to accept things as they are and not get extra aggravated.

Whether you are dismayed by your role, or your productivity, sometimes even just allowing yourself to acknowledge the flaws can be very freeing. You can only start to work on the problems after you admit them.

Plan ahead:

Think about what you want out of your job? Do you want more responsibility at work? Or less? Are you thinking about going off on your own? Start writing down your goals so that you have a clearer idea of where your career might be taking you. Sometimes a tough job can be a great training ground for future ventures. An ideal stepping stone, so enjoy every moment.

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