We all know the importance of striving for happiness, both personally and professionally. Happiness can lead to better relationships, a healthier lifestyle and a stronger sense of determination to set and reach goals. According to a study conducted by The Social Market Foundation and the University of Warwick’s Center for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy, “Happiness and productivity: Understanding the happy-productive worker,” being happy at work even makes employees more productive in the workplace.
So how can you help increase the happiness at your office? One of the easiest ways is to simply be nice and follow “The Golden Rule” – treat others how you wish to be treated. As simple as this sounds, it can be difficult to remember on days when you might be feeling exhausted, stressed out or just plain irritable.
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Being happy at work is crucial to the overall success in all aspects of our lives, and the more friendly you are with the people you work with every day, the happier everyone will be.
6 Fast & Easy Ways To Be The Nicest Person In The Office
1) Maintain A Positive Attitude
As cliché as it sounds, attitude is everything. Sometimes things don’t work out the way we hope, especially in the world of PR, but staying positive when the situation feels out of control can be a simple way to help put everyone at ease.
Your coworkers will not only appreciate having someone on the team who remains levelheaded and optimistic, but they will also remember you as a go-to resource in times of need.
2) Lend A Hand
If you see a coworker with a lot on his or her plate, offer to help out. There will come a time when you will work on a big project and appreciate having assistance from others, so remember to be as helpful as possible. Don’t forget the importance of contributing as often as possible at work, even when you may not receive anything in return.
3) Be A Conversation Starter
Go out of your way to ask your coworkers about what they did over weekend, or how their family and friends are doing. Building friendships with the people you work with day in and day out will not only help in your career, but it will also lead to great enjoyment of your job.
Nobody enjoys small talk that is forced or unnatural, but if you put in the effort to say “hello” to someone new, the conversation about the cold Minnesota weather could soon turn into a discussion about an upcoming vacation to Mexico, which is a topic everyone can enjoy.
4) Plan An Out Of The Office Get-Together
It is also crucial to spend time and get to know your coworkers outside of the office. Schedule an after-work dinner or happy hour for you and your colleagues. If you plan the event ahead of time and give everyone a heads up, you will be surprised how many people will be able to make it!
At Karwoski & Courage, we have quite a few traditions that allow us to spend time with each other outside of the office, including one of my personal favorites, our annual trip to the Minnesota State Fair. We take one day every summer to go to the fair together – eating greasy food, going on carnival rides and soaking in all of the incredible people-watching opportunities. Having a day to simply have fun together is priceless and allows us to get to know each other better, which in turn improves our working relationships.
5) Give Credit Where It’s Due
We all do our best every day to tackle long to-do lists and finish the tasks that need to get done. Because of this, it can be easy to forget to show basic appreciation to the other hard workers in the office. However, don’t forget to thank your coworkers when they help you and let others know when someone has gone above and beyond his or her basic responsibilities.
You never know when compliments that you hand out might make someone’s day or give that needed boost of confidence.
6) Always Remember The Power Of Coffee
Very rarely will you find someone in the office who will turn down a coffee run. You can use the nearly universal love of caffeine to spark a new friendship or thank someone for his or her hard work.
Whether it means inviting the new intern to grab a coffee one morning or picking up an extra cup on your way into the office to surprise one of your coworkers, this is a simple way to brighten someone’s day.
Being nice to coworkers is a fast and easy way to not only improve your own happiness in your professional life, but also to enhance the overall office morale. Try to remember that things as simple as bringing in treats to share, smiling more often or complimenting a job well done can vastly improve the attitudes and outlooks of everyone in your office.