You can learn a lot from watching dogs. I’ll bet you never thought a dog could help you on the job, but if you want some ideas creating a happier work place and moving ahead in your career, try to think more like a dog.
Yes, I’m being serious! For some great career advice from the perspective of your dog, keep reading.
13 Tips for a Happier Work Place
How to Be Happier at Work
1. Be enthusiastic
Learn to love what you do. When your job seems boring and routine, remind yourself of its purpose, whether that’s to provide for your family or invent a new medicine.
2. Greet everybody
Take the time to wish everyone a good morning before you settle down at your desk. Your relationships with your co-workers play a huge role in your job satisfaction. Create a friendly atmosphere by exchanging daily pleasantries.
3. Support your co-workers
Take a break from your own concerns to notice how your colleagues are feeling. When stress levels are high, offer assistance and encouragement. You’ll feel good about helping out, and people will be more likely to reciprocate when you need a hand.
4. Give early warnings
Minor workplace conflicts can escalate quickly if they’re allowed to fester. Speak out tactfully at the first sign of a misunderstanding. This will make your work environment much more pleasant than simply growling right before you bite.
5. Bounce back from conflicts
Forget about holding grudges. Put any unpleasant experiences behind you and demonstrate your willingness to cooperate with everyone to get the job done.
6. Follow your instincts
Sometimes you have to respond to unfamiliar situations without much time to prepare. Trust your instincts when you need to take a risk. For example, if it’s your first time giving a staff presentation, boost your confidence by adapting what you already know from your days on the student debate team.
7. Get plenty of sleep
You may never be able to arrange your schedule to get as much sleep as your dog gets each day, but you can still strive for 8 hours every night. Adequate rest is critical to your mental health.
How to Advance in Your Career
1. Show off your accomplishments
Humility is an admirable quality, but sometimes you need to promote yourself. Watch how dogs soak up positive attention without looking like they’re bragging. Use your success stories to your advantage in job evaluations and interviews.
2. Follow the rules
How does a dog know which objects are okay to chew? The logic behind some rules may elude you, but it’s usually best to go along with them to preserve order in the workplace.
3. Practice active listening
Your co-workers are bound to value you more if you take a sincere interest in them. Listen respectfully to what others may be able to teach you.
Persistence is a big part of success. Stay focused and keep your nose to the grindstone, no matter what obstacles arise. If you get blocked from digging under the fence, maybe you can persuade someone to open the gate for you.
5. Reduce waste
Mail carriers and couriers perform valuable jobs, but many dogs obviously would prefer a paper-free world. Some dogs also regard as edible the many things that humans throw away. Impress your boss and help the environment by cutting down on paper waste and recycling more.
6. Contribute to the pack
Above all, think beyond your own interests to participate as a team player. Take satisfaction in working together to achieve common goals and improve everyone’s well being. You can accomplish much more working with others than you ever could on your own.
All of these 13 tips for a happier work place are things your dog does on a regular basis, and they’re exactly what keeps her tail wagging.
Why not give these a try just to see if you experience a happier work place or a sudden boom in your career!
If it’s time for a career change, check out these 10 work at home jobs for dog moms! There’s nothing better than having your dog with you during the workday!
Leave a comment below with your tips for a happier work place, or better yet, stop by my private Facebook group for dog moms and join in the fun there!