3 Things You Need to Be Happy at Work

May 9, 2014

Career Advice

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If you don’t want to work and you just want to bang on your drums all day, it might be time to analyze the most important thing in your life: happiness. Happiness can be found at work — it’s true! There are a few core truths that can transform your attitude. These truths can turn a “job” into a “career” that you actually care about. Here’s what we’ve found is crucial to the workplace:

1. Respect
This one is a two-way street. You need to feel respected and you need to feel that your superiors deserve respect. Coworkers don’t need to be best friends, but they do need to appreciate the abilities, talents, and work ethic of those around them and those above them.

2. Growth
Whether you’re constantly learning a new skill set or you’re climbing the career ladder, growth can come in many forms. The human resources department often offers interesting classes for all employees. Your boss might approve a conference or webinar that’s relevant to your job. And your superiors may be willing to transfer you to a new department or promote you to a new position if you can prove your abilities. Sometimes all you have to do is ask.

3. Control
When it comes to your schedule, you may feel stressed out or overwhelmed. But there’s one thing you do have — hopefully — and that’s control. Control means different things to different people. Perhaps it’s the flexibility to leave early occasionally for your kid’s event. It might mean being able to take two weeks of vacation each year. Maybe the option of working from home on Fridays is imperative. Figure out what is most important to you.

What else would you add?

About Spectrum Brands Careers

Spectrum Brands is a global $5 Billion Consumer Products company headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. While you may not be familiar with the Spectrum Brands name, there is no doubt you will recognize some of our brands.

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