How and Why To Be Optimistic At Work
Monica Segeren
optimistic at work

What is the importance of being optimistic at work?  Zippia stated: “For a typical employee who works a 40-hour workweek, 52 weeks a year, there are 2,080 work hours in a year” and in one calendar year there are 8,760 hours. Working and sleeping alone take up a majority of our time—yet alone if we have other obligations like a second job, kids, or are a caretaker for a friend or family member. The importance of having a job that is enjoyable and pays well can be difficult to obtain but that does not mean it should stop you from having an optimistic outlook. 

What to Remember 

If you are currently in a job that is less than ideal—know that it is only temporary. Use this time for gratitude and say that you need the experience and it will help you get a better job in the long run. Maybe all of the hard work you are doing right now will land you a leadership position. Anything is possible if you work hard and have a positive outlook. Not only is optimism important for your own mental health—it makes you work better. You also have more socializing skills as well as more engagement within the company. Overall, it will make you enjoy the company more even if you do not completely love your job every day

How To Be Optimistic At Work

It is important to acknowledge the fact that there will always be bad days at work; however, know that you can get through those days. So what are some ways that you can stay on track? 

  • Positive affirmations! Example: “I will have a good day at work, and will manage the stress the right way!” 
  • Logging the good things that happen in your work day. 
  • Surround yourself with other optimistic people. 
  • Do something relaxing or enjoyable when you are done with work. 
  • Socialize and go out for lunch once in a while with a coworker. 
  • Decorate your desk/office space with things that make you happy. 
  • Remember to stay hydrated and to eat a healthy diet. 

Ask For Help When You Need It 

A job can be a lot to handle at times and it is important to know when to ask for help to prevent burnout. Burnout can be extremely dangerous and you can read more about it here. However, do not let yourself get to that point. Know when to ask for help, when to take a step back and take a break. An optimistic approach can help a lot but it cannot prevent burnout. What helps you stay optimistic on a daily basis?

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