When it comes to motivation in the workplace, employers make use of quite a varying number of methods. Some companies use fear as a motivator, such as the fear of losing a job or the fear of being reprimanded by the boss.
More often though, companies use positive incentives to motivate, such as bonuses and raises, as a motivator. Others use the possibility of advancement and promotions. Even a kind word from a supervisor can be the right form of motivation for certain employees.
Ultimately though, motivation primarily comes from within the employee. If you don’t have the desire internally to do your job to the best of your ability, it won’t matter what types of incentives your employer offers. You won’t be up to the task.
So how can you improve your internal desire to perform better in your job or improve your level of motivation? It’s not easy, but it can be done. One of the first things you should do is to commit yourself to making some simple changes in the way you look at life.
Happy Attitudes Work
As explained in detail in the infographic below, numerous studies show that people who are happier about life tend to be more motivated in all aspects of their lives, including at work. There are quite a few ways you can develop a happier attitude about your life.
- Nearby happy friends. One study developed the idea of the Network Phenomenon, which shows that people who have happy friends and family in close proximity tend to also be happier. This study considered 4,000 subjects and determined that about 15% of people who have a good friend who is happy will also be happy. But if that happy friend lives within 1 mile of the original study subject, 68% of those people will also be happy.
- Happiness in the environment. The same study says that the five people you tend to spend the most time with will shape your level of happiness, whether that’s co-workers, family members, or friends. The idea here would be to try to keep happy people close to you throughout the day, while limiting your time spent with unhappy people. In other words, try to spend the most time with people whose behaviour and feelings that you want to emulate.
- Be grateful. People who are grateful for the things they have in life – a steady job, a pleasant family, enjoyable hobbies, and so on – tend to be happier, according to the infographic. Consider the things in your life for which you’re grateful a few times a week, and you’re sure to be happier. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t strive for more, such as a promotion at work, but at the same time you can be thankful for the things you have currently.
- Laugh every day. Laughter is a great way to relieve stress and to feel better about your day. Not only does laughter release endorphins in the brain that help your physical well-being, but it also helps you enhance your social connections. Laughing with other people helps you to form a bond, which will make everyone involved feel happier.
For some additional ideas on how you can improve your level of happiness at work, at home, and in other areas of your life, check out the infographic below. Such a lifestyle change won’t happen overnight, but you should have a lot of fun along the way!