How to find happiness in your job
Not long ago, I interviewed for a career coaching job. After giving my presentation to the interviewer, I was given this feedback:
"Be careful using the word 'happiness' when you're coaching clients in their career. It's a sensitive word."
I was confused... and this feedback left me asking myself several questions:
Shouldn't the work I devote 40+ hours a week to make me happy?
Shouldn't part of me want to go to work out of sheer joy?
Shouldn't happiness be at the root of the job I do?
Shouldn't happiness have a place in the workplace?
If you answered Yes to the questions above like me, then we're on the same page.
I believe that happiness should be the goal for everything we do, including our careers.
If you're questioning your career happiness levels, here are 3 tools that can help you:
1. Ask yourself these honest questions.
On a scale of 1-10, how happy am I at the start of my day vs. the end?
What would I keep about my job vs. change?
How does this job impact my personal life?
2. Be a "fly on the wall".
Imagine if your best friend were able to sit next to you throughout your workday and observe the experience. What would they see? How would they react to your day?
3. Assess your situation.
My career happiness tool (left) is one of the best ways to look at every facet of your job to see where you have room to gain more happy.
Long story short, I'm extremely grateful for this interviewer's feedback because it's allowed me to amplify the goal of happiness in the work I do as a coach.
Are you struggling to put happiness first in your career?
Together we'll sit down and take a close look at each facet of your career - culture, relationships, tasks, environment and more - to assess your overall happiness score, then build a plan to up that score to where you want it to be. Get started for free by booking a Get To Know call with me today!