Posts Tagged ‘Joy at Work’

Get Rid of Stress by Choosing Joy

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

According to the American Psychological Association, 62 percent of Americans say that work significantly increases their stress. Imagine that—almost two out of three working Americans spend a third of their lives in an environment they consider stressful!

This is crazy! Life’s too short to live like that! So change things!

Now I’m not suggesting that you quit your job and go relax on the beach for the rest of your life. You’ll get a whole new kind of stress when the money runs out.

Instead, keep your job and choose to live happy. Choose against stress! Stress is your interpretation of events. You can be relaxed or crazed as you choose.

So you get a task that seems impossible. Why stress? It’s an opportunity to step up and knock it out of the park!

You have 20 phone calls to make in 30 minutes…why not do it with joy? It’s time to blow them away. How accomplished will you feel after the fact?

Attitude is a choice. Stress is a choice. Choose to live happily.

Teach others how to treat you

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Are you treated well by those around you? Whatever your answer, I want you to consider the idea that you have taught people how to treat you.

We do teach people how to treat us. We let them treat us poorly if we don’t call them on it when they do. And when we allow crazy behaviors that make our workplaces unsafe or not fun, we get a predictable impact.

It goes both ways. If someone treats you well, lifts you up, makes your day—reinforce that behavior! Let them know what it means to you, and by all means, return the favor.

As a team, you need to decide what your non-negotiables are for behavior and hold each other to them. In no time at all, you’ll teach each other how to treat each other, and everybody wins.

Appreciation

Monday, January 20th, 2014

In his landmark book Primal Leadership, Daniel Goleman reports on a powerful finding: a one percent improvement in culture results in an average two percent improvement in revenue. And the most direct way to build that culture is through a focus on appreciation.

Now when I say “appreciation,” you might be picturing a manager saying “good job” to an employee. That’s a good thing, of course. But the research shows that regular appreciation among teammates and peers actually has more impact on building confidence than appreciation received from a manager.

If you feel that your company lacks an atmosphere of appreciation, the answer is NOT to complain about it. The answer is to help create that culture. Express appreciation to 20 people around you, not just for what they do, but for who they are. Watch the faces of people whose days are made by your simple act of kindness. In no time at all, you will find yourself on the receiving end. When you help to create a culture of appreciation, everybody wins.

Appreciation has to be felt and reinforced on a regular basis or confidence erodes over time. Creating celebrations and high-fives around accomplishments of critical drivers builds confidence AND keeps team members focused on the right things.

Gratitude

Monday, November 7th, 2011

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Thank God it’s Monday!® You have a job. It’s not perfect, but a lot of people have no job at all right now. More than half of Americans are currently unemployed or underemployed. Half! So if you’re getting a paycheck, start by being grateful for that.

If you’re underemployed, bringing that chip on your shoulder because you’re making less than last year is not the way to recover that lost income.

Lack of gratitude is the fastest way to dry up abundance that you do have. Acceptance is the answer to your happiness. Gratitude attracts positive responses, which in turn attract positive things. Express your gratitude for your projects, for your coworkers and your boss… heck, appreciate it all!

Have a great Monday!

Roxanne

Roxanne Emmerich’s Thank God It’s Monday!® How to Create a Workplace You and Your Customers Love climbed to #1 on Amazon’s bestseller list and made the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists—all in the first week of its release. Roxanne is renowned for her ability to transform “ho-hum” workplaces into dynamic, results-oriented, “bring-it-on” cultures. If you are not currently receiving the Thank God It’s Monday!® e-zine and weekly audios, subscribe today at www.ThankGoditsMonday.com.

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The Innocent Pest

Monday, May 16th, 2011

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Thank God it’s Monday!™ We all know this person from back in elementary school—the suck up. Sure, they disappeared back in middle school, kept hiding throughout high school and college, but now, they’ve reemerged—right in your office!

They seek out every opportunity to shoot the breeze with the boss. They offer phony compliments to the management team. But when nobody else is watching, they step all over you. Let’s hope you don’t have one of those. But if you do, what do you do?

First of all, realize that you are not the only one who’s aware of this. And even if others are not consciously aware of what’s going on, we as humans have a way of sensing when something is not legit. Secondly, you can choose to not let it bother you! I know, I know. Easier said than done—but there’s so much truth in that single thought.

As far as I’m concerned, the suck up is annoying but harms nobody. Your boss, no doubt, sees it too. Life is all about the characters we cross paths with. That’s what makes things interesting. Choose to enjoy this innocent pest.

Have a great Monday!

Roxanne

Roxanne Emmerich’s Thank God It’s Monday! How to Create a Workplace You and Your Customers Love climbed to #1 on Amazon’s bestseller list and made the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists—all in the first week of its release. Roxanne is renowned for her ability to transform “ho-hum” workplaces into dynamic, results-oriented, “bring-it-on” cultures. If you are not currently receiving the Thank God It’s Monday e-zine and weekly audios, subscribe today at www.ThankGoditsMonday.com.

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