Everyone has a bad day at work from time to time. If you find yourself feeling unenthusiastic about your job more often than not, though, it is time to make some changes. The State of Wisconsin Enterprise Management Development Academy reports that negative thoughts lead to negative actions. Productivity diminishes along with job satisfaction and soon your job may be at risk. Learning ways to turn your attitude around can help you enjoy your job and perform at your best once more.
1. Take responsibility for your own happiness at work. When you stop expecting someone else to fix things, you will feel more in control of your life and less disappointed in others. This will help you avoid resentment and regret, as well.
2. Find something to be thankful for every time you complain or feel annoyed. Make a list of five things that you appreciate about your job every day. Perhaps you work in a clean, comfortable environment, have a coworker whose friendship you enjoy or are simply grateful to be employed. Looking for the positive will take your focus off the negative.
3. Change things that upset you about your workplace if it is in your power to do so. Offer to take a leadership role over a project if you feel it is lacking direction, for example, or host a lunchtime gathering if you believe that employees need more team spirit. Set an example as you work that may motivate others to change as well.
4. Try something new. People often feel discontent at work when they are bored or unchallenged. Ask your supervisor to assign a task that is different from your current duties but matches your skills and abilities. Not only will you feel more enthusiastic about going to work, but you may also impress your boss.
5. Avoid others with negative attitudes. If a coworker attempts to share the latest workplace gossip or criticize your manager, tell her you have an appointment and excuse yourself. Surround yourself with others who are upbeat and satisfied with their jobs. Just as a pessimistic outlook is contagious, optimism can be infectious.