How to improve your work life experience
Although most people do not get to choose who they work with, and have limited control over their working environment, nearly everyone can improve their work life experience by understanding and taking advantage of some simple ways in which the brain works, according to Suzanne Hazelton in her book Great Days at Work: How Positive Psychology Can Transform Your Working Life. The book provides a framework of actions which an individual can undertake.
The author’s “Great Days at Work” framework incorporates four key elements:
- Take control of now, involving embracing change, assuming personal responsibility for the things which are in your circle of control, and making clear and active choices
- Create a better future, including setting and maintaining a personal vision which gives you intrinsic motivation
- Power tools for a better work life, including the ability to change your time perspective and the ability to increase your expression of positive emotions
- The art and science of communication, involving negotiation and team-building skills and skills for improving working relationships
The reader will need to exercise a degree of humility in order to benefit from the author’s advice, because much of what the author recommends is simple but potentially embarrassing. It comes as no surprise to discover that satisfaction in the workplace arises from such things as being highly engaged and productive, and having good working relationships with colleagues; the embarrassing thing is the degree to which we tend to believe that these are imposed on us, rather than created by our actions and choices.
I found that the book finished fairly abruptly, without a concluding chapter tying everything together, but the information which it contains is potentially very useful to any worker.