Seven tips to achieve happiness in any workplace culture
By Dr Mary Casey, psychologist
Have you ever started a new job only to discover it’s a minefield of gossip and negativity? Is your workload causing your social life to shrivel up? Or is management leaving you feeling micromanaged or, worse, neglected?
It is a rare number of Australians that really focus on achieving contentment at work, most of us putting up with negative cultures and long hours as part and parcel of working life.
Even though many of us think we could never be content at work, we aren’t powerless and can achieve satisfaction. We spend more time at our jobs than we do with family and friends, so having a good frame of mind at the workplace is essential to our health and wellbeing. A large part of what we can control is how we respond to the culture, colleagues and the work.
I always recommend that early on in a new role, you spot where the negativity is coming from – a particular person, team or project. Once you’ve identified it, set strong boundaries so it’s easier to deal with. In my businesses, I manage 200 employees, so I have had plenty of experience in this area.
My strategies to deal with difficult people at work and difficult workplaces are a result of my research at the Casey Centre over five years. A lot of the following strategies are about creating a positive frame of mind, maintaining it by distancing yourself from negative influences, and nurturing a positive work environment.