Your Career: New Year’s Resolutions and Solutions

Business womanThanks to job search engine Juju for this timely career advice:

Every year, millions of Americans set goals and resolutions leading into the New Year in order to make the upcoming year healthier and happier. These goals often relate to weight loss, fitness, quitting smoking, and other issues aimed at improving overall health. But what about the large percentage of waking hours we spend at the office?

What many people fail to realize is that by setting goals to improve work environment and work/life balance, a happier self will inevitably follow. With this in mind, industry experts and job search engine Juju have put together a list of New Year’s Resolutions and Solutions to help make 2010 the happiest, most successful year so far:

Befriend Your Coworkers. Numerous workplace studies demonstrate that the most highly satisfied employees are those who develop and foster friendships in the workplace. However, as many people tend to feel close they tend to forget boundaries, which are crucial in order to maintain a certain level of professionalism. Even so, having a close friend in the next cube can make the daily grind much more tolerable.

Decorate Your Office or Cubicle. As Dorothy once stated so eloquently, “There’s no place like home.” And since you spend the majority of your weekday hours at the office, it is important to give your workspace a home-like feel. Decorate with photos of family and friends, a soothing scented candle, and anything else that can help you relax and feel comfortable in your daily environment.

Check Your Attitude at the Door. It’s inevitable: Attitudes are contagious. And if you are constantly griping or surrounding yourself with coworkers who are doing so, it will have a negative impact on your daily well-being. If you need to complain, try to do so outside of the workplace with a trusted friend or family member, and then come up with positive, constructive solutions to implement.

Set Goals and Consistently Ask for Feedback. If you have a clear path and vision of where you want to go and what you want to achieve, the workplace will be an environment and a means for you to achieve these goals. Set goals for yourself and with your manager, and consistently ask for both positive and negative feedback. This will not only help you grow; it will help you understand what you need to do to get the next promotion or raise.

If All Else Fails, the Job Search Will Give You Hope. If all of these ideas aren’t making you happy at work, it’s time to reevaluate your employer, your job—or your entire career. You don’t want to spend your life doing work you hate in an unfriendly work environment. Most work environments don’t change all that much. But unhappy employees tend to grow even more disgruntled. You don’t have to be one of them. You can secretly smile as you spend your time job searching. It will only be a matter of time until you find something that is a better fit. Don’t be afraid to make a move and don’t use the economy as an excuse.

Sounds like a plan.

–SMW Staff