Are you happy at work?

31 Jan

We have spoken about the importance of having control or a say about what happens in our workplace. We spend more time at work than we do at home having quality time with our family or friends. It is important that we have a positive connection with the people we work with. You are only as happy or successful as the people you are surrounded with. Look at your workplace and gauge your satisfaction levels with were you work. If you are happy with where you work then Happy Days. If you are not then changes need to be made. If your organization is not willing to put the wellbeing of its staff before all else then it’s time to take control of your life and find an organization that will. We spend too long at work to put up with a soul destroying existence each day. Happiness is more important than that.

These questions below might help with your decision.

Are you happy at work?

This test is a rough guide. It explores your feelings about your boss and colleagues, the pressure of your workload, your autonomy and control, and work-life balance issues. Circle the answers that best fit the statements.

1. My boss tells me when I do a good job

a) Rarely b) sometimes c) often

2. I am given a great deal of discretion in how I do my job

a) Rarely b) sometimes c) often

3. There is pressure at the office for me to work long hours

a) Rarely b) sometimes c) often

4. My job provides me with a lot of variety

a) Rarely b) sometimes c) often

5. My work colleagues are very supportive

a) Rarely b) sometimes c) often

6. I look forward to coming to work

a) Rarely b) sometimes c) often

7. I am overloaded at work

a) Rarely b) sometimes c) often

8. I get stressed from my job

a) Rarely b) sometimes c) often

9. I feel secure in my job and in the organisation

a) Rarely b) sometimes c) often

10. I feel valued by my organisation

a) Rarely b) sometimes c) often

Award points as follows: 1. a)1 b)2 c)3; 2. a)1 b)2 c)3; 3. a)3 b)2 c)1; 4.a)1 b)2 c)3; 5. a)1 b)2 c)3; 6. a)1 b)2 c)3; 7. a)3 b)2 c)1; 8. a)3 b)2 c)1;9. a)1 b)2 c)3; 10. a)1 b)2 c)3.

23-30: You go to work whistling a happy tune, probably to the irritation of colleagues and friends.

17-23: Work can have its ups and downs, but by and large you make it through the day unscathed.

10-16: It might be time to start dusting off the CV and browsing the job ads – but then you probably already know that …

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