Stay or Go? How to Find Workplace Happiness

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A Pew Research Center study revealed only half of U.S. workers are content with their jobs, with one in five deeming their workplace toxic, writes Christina Caron for The New York Times 

Minda Harts felt undervalued in her role as a fundraiser. Instead of quitting, Harts eventually became a senior consultant. Later, she founded her own firm.  

For those unhappy at work but unable to leave, experts suggest the following strategies: 

By focusing on controllable factors and avoiding negativity, individuals can navigate challenges. Seeking feedback from managers is crucial for development. If job expectations don’t match reality, it’s essential to reassess and realign them. 

Broadening ambitions to include personal and community interests can achieve a balanced work-life. Constructive connections with colleagues, avoiding mere venting, are beneficial.  

To boost job satisfaction, adjustments like flexible hours can be requested. Effective communication with employers about needs is vital. Implementing these strategies can transform workplace dissatisfaction into a fulfilling and rewarding career. 

Dr. Dennis Stolle, the senior director of applied psychology at the American Psychological Association in Washington, D.C. emphasizes maintaining optimism. 

 “I’m not talking about irrational optimism, but that sense that this too shall pass,” he said.  

Read more about how to be happier at your workplace and avoid quitting in The New York Times.

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