12 Ways to Be Happier at Your Hotel Job in 2019
Are you happy in your job? Did you know that a significant number (more than 80%, according to Gallup) of workers across the world are unhappy in their work? It’s not uncommon to hear that people are burnt out, feel underappreciated and underpaid. So what can you do to take control and be happier in your work life?
Being miserable at work doesn’t have to become a way of life. In the New Year, you can turn over a new leaf and start feeling happier by following some proven tips. You spend about one third of your life at work, so why not give it a try?
Invest in your career development: It helps to know that you are moving ahead on your career path by learning new skills, getting more experience and mastering your craft. Take some classes, go to a seminar or earn a certificate… all of which can ignite your passion for what you do and introduce you to others who are on the same path.
Take your breaks: No one can continue to work at break-neck speed, day after day and not get burnt out. Take 15 minutes throughout your shift to get outside for a quick walk, listen to some music or have some alone time to relax before you head back in to work. Also, don't neglect your vacation time.
Think about the people you hang around with: Don’t spend a lot of time with those who complain or are always negative. Cultivate some time with “can-do” people who are positive and moving up in the world. It will rub off on you and you’ll feel better about life.
Find a sense of meaning in your work: When you know that what you do has a positive impact on your guests and improves their experience, you’ll not only feel happier, but you’ll be more productive.
Make friends (or a best friend) at work: Employees who have friends at work have more fun and find their work more satisfying. Friends provide a support system as well as a sense of comradery.
Smile more: Believe it or not, just smiling makes you feel happier. It tells your brain to be more happy by releasing neuropeptides – and makes others around you smile, too.
Make your work station or desk feel personal: Decorate your space, display photos, mementos, meaningful quotes and whatever else makes you feel happy. You spend a lot of time at work, so make it as comfortable and relaxed as is reasonable.
Rest and eat well: It’s not surprising that if you take care of your health, it can make a big difference in your energy level and attitude. Try not to eat junk for lunch every day and get outside and walk to help fight fatigue.
Get organized: Less stress and chaos will make a difference in your day, so avoid the clutter and scrambling for lost items that makes you feel frustrated. When you’re prepared for your day, you’ll work more efficiently and be more relaxed.
Reward yourself: Consider giving yourself a small reward every time you meet a goal, complete a project or learn something new. Breaking tasks down into smaller, more easily handled steps can make you feel accomplished and happy.
Do something you really enjoy, each day. When you have a few moments, do something fun that brings a smile to your face. Listen to your favorite song, walk by the park, play with your dog, etc. It relieves stress and contributes to feeling happier.
Start your day in a good mood: Decide each morning that today will be a good day. Resolve to greet everyone with a smile, open doors for people, sing in the car, and focus on the good stuff.
Happiness is a decision and it takes some effort. People who are happy all the time work at it. Your career is more than what’s happening right now. It’s a process… so make the most of your time right now by taking steps to soak up the positive stuff, learn new skills and make good friends at work. Empower yourself and take responsibility, because happiness is a choice.