happiness at work
  • Blog By
    Ms. Maheshwari S
    Academic Director – Cambridge International
    The Indian Public School
    June 23, 2020 | In Blog

A huge portion of our life is spent at work and the majority of us perceive work as something to be endured, not enjoyed. We often relate work to stress and for happiness, we turn to the rest of our life. Happiness at work is a state of mind, an overall feeling of enjoyment that is experienced by gracious handling of setbacks, amicable connections with colleagues and other stakeholders, and awareness that one’s work matters to oneself and the organization. The key to our happiness cannot be found in someone else’s pocket; hence, by adopting certain strategies we can taste the flavour of happiness at work.

workplace happiness strategies

Passion for work

When we have passion for our work there is greater involvement and motivation that promotes proper formulation and dedicated execution of the work. It drives us to explore new and better avenues of working, enhancing work quality, excellence and productivity. If duty calls to work extra hours our passion drives us to attend to it with a smiling face. When we love our job, we will never feel the stress or strain in testing times or demanding situations with each day seeming bright and interesting.

Employee engagement

Employee engagement is the emotional commitment that the employee has to the organization and its goals. The dedication is so intense that one is deeply immersed in losing track of time while working, taking ownership for doing the work in complete precision. The energy turns into positive energy and lasts until the end of the day. It involves going that extra mile for the organization, working with pride and loyalty, consistently advocating for the organization to all the stakeholders.

Work ethics and integrity

Work ethics and integrity play a vital role in our happiness at work since it allows us to be what we are and how we are irrespective of being watched. It increases productivity as these individuals will not quit the place until the assigned work is completed with the expected standards. Being honest and trustworthy enables success and contentment to oneself and the organization. It gives us a sense of self-satisfaction and belongingness.


The work environment is filled with challenges –tight deadlines, managing work relationships, setbacks, increasing workload, knowledge updating, fast-paced technological advancements, etc. Resilience is the capacity to bounce back when we face challenges that are an inevitable part of life. We need to respond rather than react to the situation or person. When we are mentally agile we can handle, adapt and productively learn from workplace challenges authentically and gracefully. Resilience can be built by mindfully analyzing our thoughts, feelings and perspectives, avoiding blaming others, being true to ourselves and others, thereby reducing the stress of pretending to be something that we are not.

Compassion and empathy

Compassion for self and others along with an empathetic understanding of others helps to create positive work relationships fostering cooperation and collaboration. It involves treating people with dignity and respect, practicing gratitude, extending apologies and constructive conflict resolution. By being compassionate and empathetic we build trust and team spirit, extend care and support to coworkers, resulting in better productivity for the organization and happiness for the employees.

passion for work

“As you sow so you reap”, hence to get happiness at work it is vital for us to do our best and be passionate about our work, ethically engage ourselves, be compassionate and empathetic.



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