Little Things You Can Do To Make Work Less Terrible

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Do you like going to work? Are you the sort of person who would show up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed if you didn’t get paid?

The answer is, likely, no. 

And that’s okay. Not everyone loves their job. Sometimes it’s a means to an end: something you have to do to get to where you want to be in life. You might have a family, a mortgage that needs paying off, or something else that you want to do. Your work is merely something that lets you do all those things. That doesn’t mean you have to like it. 

Fortunately, there are a variety of things that you can do to make your work a little less terrible. Here are some ideas to help you survive. 

Move On

You’re probably more valuable than you think you are. Even though you might believe that CV continuity is vital for success or the role you have right now is the only one you’re suitable for, that probably isn’t true. That thinking, however, is what’s keeping you pinned down with those coworkers you don’t like or that job role that sucks. It’s time to think more of yourself, break free, and try a new environment. It’s incredible how much of a difference a change of scene can make in your life. 

Make Yourself More Comfortable

A tie that feels like it’s going to strangle you or work boots that give you blisters every day is no fun. 

The good news is that the market provides, and there are solutions to even the most difficult sartorial problems. 

Take ties, for instance. It turns that you don’t have to buy a traditional tie and then do it right up to your neck anymore to make yourself look smart. Stretchy “non-tie” ties look the part and allow your windpipe to remain open at the same time. 

There’s help on the shoe front too for all you people out there on your feet all day. The Tool Report recently detailed a bunch of aftermarket insoles for work boots, designs to get rid of foot pain and enhance your comfort on the job. 

Make A Pump Up List

Monday mornings: they’re no fun. However, you can make them a little more bearable by getting yourself in the mood with a pump up list.

Instead of rolling out of bed, putting the coffee machine on, and then stumbling out the door to catch the bus, try going for a brisk jog (or some other form of exercise) while listening to your favorite music. You’ll get a rush from both the activity and the music, helping to take some of the edge off the Monday morning blues. 

Swap Out Your Desk Chair For Something A Little Better

Desk chairs have a habit of getting on your nerves after a while. It doesn’t matter how much padding the manufacturer adds; it’s never enough. 

Fortunately, there are a bunch of ergonomic alternatives out there. The way that they work is a little different. Instead of all your weight going through your bottom, these chairs transmit it through your legs and knees instead. You sit in a more natural upright position without back support, which helps to keep the blood flowing and your joints limber. 

Take Your Lunch Break And Savor It

In some offices, the lunch break culture is toxic. If you spend more than fifteen minutes stuffing dry ham sandwich down your throat, you do not fit in. 

Lunch breaks, however, are essential. They’re a brief window of time in the day for you to recharge. Working three hours straight is already challenging. Working eight is horrendous: no wonder you dread going to work. A proper lunch break with some healthy food can make you more productive in the afternoon and could even land you that promotion you want. 

Be The Person Who Compliments Everyone In The Office

While you might not like your coworkers, you can at least disarm them with your charm and flattery. Look for opportunities to compliment them and build them up. They’ll be grateful for it. 

The next time you’re at the water tank, they might be the one who initiates a conversation with you instead of mindless grunting. Never underestimate the happiness that a small charm offensive can bring to a dull, dreary workplace. 

Take Exercise Classes On The Company Dime

A lot of companies offer their colleagues free exercise classes to keep them fit and healthy for work. These classes are great for meeting people, establishing new contacts, and generally helping yourself to feel better on those dull Monday mornings.

Give Employees Outlets To Improve Their Mood

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All too often we push our employees more than they can handle. Indeed sometimes it’s good because we push them beyond what they think they can handle, but they find out they are much stronger than they gave themselves credit for. But other times we push them away from us and they begin to slowly drift. This can be in the form of the employee no longer showing loyalty to you. This could be merely showing indifference. Employees that simply do as they are told all the time are not good employees. If they don’t give some kind of back push or question your motives, this means they aren’t showing their passion for getting it right or understanding. You want people to ask you questions and get answers, rather than silently nodding or becoming a bunch of yes men. But as small business owners, we can often find ourselves not wanting to hear their problems. We’re already highly strung and sometimes we just need people who will follow us no matter what. But if you give them outlets to voice their concerns, their mood can drastically improve.

Complaints about coworkers

Before fights and arguments occur in your business, allow employees to let off some steam about each other. Many employees will keep their resentment of other workers bottled up because of a few reasons. They know that the HR department will get involved and make a big thing about it with paperwork. They will fallout with someone who they admire but don’t really like. They might ruin their chances of getting ahead in the industry and business. Therefore, things can build and build until two coworkers end up having a giant dispute or fracas. You should allow your employees to make complaints about each other in private to your managers and heads of departments. Insure them that it won’t be taken to HR if they don’t want it to and that the seniors will handle the situation instead. This gives everyone a chance to make low level or concerning complaints without having to make it official i.e. on their record.

Talking always shines a light

One thing in the modern world that all businesses are now concerned about is the mental health of their workers. There should always be a professional outlet for workers to talk about this issue. Take for examples the services of telehealth where they work with companies and allow employees to take to medical professionals online and in a one on one video chat. Here your employees can let off some steam and talk about things that are really frustrating them. It’s better to have this outlet than wait until someone finally snaps and does something horrible to themselves or other people. On the surface we never know if things are truly okay with somebody so don’t think someone who is always smiling is actually content.

When employees have a chance to thrust out their opinions on each other and even make complaints, they don’t feel trapped. There will be less of the fake camaraderie and more open talk. Mental health is a serious issue that employers need to get a grip on and provide an outlet for their workers so they can deal with modern professional lifestyles better.