"So, I’ve been thinking about this whole being happy thing, and I feel like people get lost when they think of happiness as a destination. We’re always thinking that someday we’ll be happy; we’ll get that car or that job or that person in our lives that will fix everything. But happiness is a mood, and it’s a condition, not a destination. It’s like being tired or hungry, it’s not permanent. It comes and goes, and that’s okay. And I feel like if people thought of it that way, they’d find happiness more often.” – One Tree Hill
When It’s One of Those Days…
So often companies think that gimmicky benefits are the way to instantly appease their struggling employees. They throw yoga or paid time off or free beer at workers in hopes that it will keep their workforce happy. Don’t get us wrong, we're all about yoga here so yes, do the yoga, AND think about how you can delegate, reprioritize and/or learn to say no to your boss and colleagues. Start here:
Know your workload. How much can you realistically take on? If you're drowning in to-do's, ask a colleague to help or let your boss know that the task at hand will suffer if you take on another thing and see if they can find another person to take it on. Often people are willing to help as long as you let them know how they can show up for you.
Communicate. It seems like a no-brainer but so often we run around like chickens with our heads cut off thinking everyone else knows that we're on the verge of a mental breakdown. You might be better at holding it together than you think. Get comfortable with communicating with your team so that they’re on the same page and can see when adding an extra task to your workload is too overwhelming.
Set boundaries. Diane Amundson tells Fast Company, "If you don’t want to be on call during weekends or holidays, make this clear in the beginning where there is more leeway and where it’s black and white." Be specific about when your working hours are. If you’re the person that’s “always free”, then people will most likely take advantage.