Happiness in the workplace

By Carbon60

For many years, it was believed that a job was a function performed solely for the purpose of making a living, and personal happiness was entirely dependent on social life.

However, findings from a study conducted by the University Of Warwick show that when happiness is encouraged in the workplace, productivity levels can increase by 12%. When employees enjoy their jobs, numerous positive benefits can be realized by the business: people work more efficiently, are more open to new opportunities to learn and develop and build up a strong support networks.

Here are just some of the ways in which happiness can help in the workplace:

Happiness makes you healthier

The average person spends approximately 92,000 hours of their life working. Pursuing a job you enjoy can provide you with positive energy as well as confidence and motivation, helping you to succeed and grow.

Being happy can also lower your blood pressure and strengthen your immune system, resulting in fewer sick days.

Happiness inspires creativity

Creativity is no longer something reserved for traditional artistic industries. When you’re happy at work, you feel focused and comfortable, and ideas flow more freely. Idea generation is essential to innovation.

Promoting happiness in the workplace by facilitating opportunities to generate creative ideas – and rewarding them – provides great business advantages. Positive minds strive to complete tasks effectively and efficiently, which can lead to feeling valued and fulfilled through positive reinforcement.

Happiness is contagious

Happiness spreads throughout a company. The impact of this has beneficial effects, as a positive enthusiastic workplace environment encourages confidence, the opportunity for leadership, and happy employees to perform better.

Employees who take pride in their work make positive role models for their colleagues, and happiness can inspire ambition and drive.

Being happy provides a sense of purpose

We’re all working towards our personal career goals. It is important you do not feel unmotivated and under-appreciated in the workplace, as this can have a negative impact.

At Carbon60, our mission is to ensure we change the lives of our candidates for the better, by providing fulfilment and a sense of purpose to each individual within every job we place.

Happy employees stay with same business for longer

If you’re happy and satisfied with your job, you’re more likely to stay at the company for a long time, which can bring plenty of opportunities including promotion, long-lasting relationships between you and your key stakeholders and an increase in salary.

Happy employees communicate and collaborate more effectively

Good communication is an essential skill to practise with your employees in the workplace. Not only does this help to build friendships with your colleagues, it is also a great way to express and share ideas to increase creativity, and receive helpful feedback to ensure you’re fulfilled and gaining deserved recognition for your successes.

There are numerous ways that businesses and individuals can improve working conditions to promote happiness across a company. By highlighting these benefits to HR teams, office managers or line managers, you can be a champion for the importance of happiness in your workplace.

Even the smallest improvements can have enormous positive effects in the workplace, enough to make a difference to your happiness, your colleagues’ happiness and your businesses commercial performance.

For more tips and advice, visit Carbon60Built on the heritage of publishing indispensable job seeking and career building advice for over 13 years.  Headquartered in London.

 

 

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The 3 Steps to a 5 Year Plan

 

Have you asked yourself lately, “What do I want from Life”, or where do I want to be in 3, 5, 10 years from now ?  Here is a simple 3 step guide to help plan out your next 5 years.  You have to do some heavy thinking to do here, but it will be worth it when you see your life goals unfolding in written form in front of you.

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Studies show that people who write down their plans are 33% more likely to meet them. But it can be difficult when someone asks you the question, “Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?” If you’re anything like me, this question throws you way off, so I embarked on the journey to write a 5 year plan as so many professionals suggest. My first task was to figure out what all goes into a five year plan. Your plan doesn’t have to be solely career goals. After looking at examples, I’ve concluded that pretty much everything can be placed in five groups: Career, Bucket List, Financial, Family, and Personal. My second task was to realize that you can’t really plan a five year plan, without knowing your life plan. It’d be like writing 5 chapters of a story without deciding the story’s plot.

So the first step to writing a 5 year plan: Write your life plan

Jot down all those life goals you want to achieve. Want to own your own company? Learn a language? Have a family? Write down everything and don’t be afraid to dream big. This is a whole lifetime we’re talking about after all! You can get a lot done!

Ironically, the second step to writing a 5 year plan: Write your 5 year plan

Look at everything you wrote down for your life goals. Now, what is the in-between from where you are now, and where you want to be? If your life goal feels like a far stretch from where you are now, try to think of your first couple baby steps. If you want to own your own retail store, maybe get a retail job and aim for manager! Want to be a author? Write the first draft for your first book! Everyone starts somewhere.

The third step to writing a 5 year plan: Write a Daily Plan

What can you do on a daily basis that will push you towards that 5 year goal, which will then push you towards that life goal? Grand plans don’t happen overnight, they happen in the day by day. Want to become Bilingual? That means daily practice. Want to pay off debt? Keep a budget.

Seems a lot more manageable broken down, doesn’t it? If you’d like a blank template of the above example, click the thumbnail below: 5 year plan blank

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How to Make Yourself More Employable

By Carbon60


When you focus on improving yourself, you’ll be ready to jump on any opportunity that comes your way. Becoming a more employable prospect brings a lot of benefits, and increases your sense of self-worth. You never know when you may need to find a new job or sell yourself to your current employer for a promotion. Here are some proactive ways you can make yourself more employable by taking action and learning some practical, effective skills.

Broaden your social network
LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network, and remains the best platform to promote yourself and advertise your skills as a professional. Potential employers and recruitment consultants regularly seek out candidates with evidenced experience that demonstrates they’re worth investing in.

Although social media has many productive advantages, it can also have consequences if not used carefully. Content can be found by your employer within minutes, and can potentially jeopardise potential professional opportunities.

Keep your CV updated
A good quality, updated CV will considerably boost your chances of securing an interview. It is vital to make sure your CV is formatted in a neat, organised, and consistent way, and has a list of your successful achievements and responsibilities to show why your set of skills make you the perfect candidate over your competition.

On average an employer takes only 8 – 10 seconds to screen a CV before deciding on whether or not you are suitable for the interview. First impressions are crucial, and your CV provides you with the opportunity to make a great first professional impression.

Volunteer
There are a huge range of skills that can be developed by volunteering, which can help you stand out from the crowd. Volunteering for a worthy cause can help to develop your skills in team work problem solving, and leadership.

Volunteering offers the chance to give back to your community, and with our passion and involvement, it can add depth to your CV and demonstrate your passion and commitment to personal development. Volunteering not only expands your network, it helps you build confidence, and gives you experience and can improve your career prospects.

Dress to impress
A recent study, conducted by the Wall Street Journal, pointed to the fact that wearing the appropriate clothes for your industry can affect the way people perceive you and even how you’re able to think abstractly.

It is vital to dress as you want to be seen: professional, successful, and the kind of person the company wants to represent it. There’s a ‘feel good’ factor associated with dressing well, too. Dressing professionally can make you feel better about yourself and can give you more confidence.


Push yourself out of your comfort zone
Our comfort zones provide safe mental places of familiarity and security. When we step outside of our comfort zones, we are open to the increased risk of stress and anxiety. Although this can be discomforting, it can also have positive results. Challenging yourself can push you to perform at your peak – as psychologists have demonstrated, we rise to the occasion when we find ourselves in these situations, as trying new things can make you more creative and you can be seen as suitably fit to employers.

Believe in yourself
The difference whether you succeed or not in your career comes down partly to believing in yourself. If you hardly believe you are capable of doing something, you will never give your full effort. A strong belief in yourself has many advantages including: recognition of your ability to accomplish goals, a feeling of being uplifted and more satisfied with life, treating yourself kindly and being more motivated. If you practice these strategies, you will discover the comfort of knowing you can do anything you choose to when you believe in yourself.

Learn a new skill
When you’re looking for work, having extra skills can make all the difference. Improving your current skills is a beneficial way to use your time and increase your chances of finding employment. If you receive the right training it helps you build new skills, boots your confidence and will help you stand out from other candidates. Employers are usually impressed if an individual has taken the initiative to develop a new skill. It is important to push yourself out of your comfort zone and try new things to increase productivity and creativity.


Having the confidence to seek out new opportunities and develop your professional skillset will make you more employable, and lead you towards what you want to achieve in your career. An investment in yourself is a worthy investment in your life, and in your future.

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Trying To Figure Out What To Do With Your Life ?

If you are lost with your career and your life, I'm sharing the coolest jobs for 20 somethings that actually PAY WELL (imagine that?!). You should be excited and challenged in your day to day, and making a career change will do that! #careeradvice #careerchange #jobsthatpaywell #helpwithcareer #coolestjobs #careertips career tips, career advice, help with career, coolest jobs, lost in your career, career change

If you’re in your twenties, you should be excited and challenged at work! Your twenties are a time to learn new things, be challenged and feel excited in your day-to-day. It’s so easy to get caught up in a stuffy cubicle (the worst)! I’m sharing the coolest list of jobs for 20 somethings so you can brainstorm an exciting career, that actually makes you want to get out of bed in the morning. Who knew that was possible?!

In college, I had no idea how many jobs there were in the world! I never knew it was possible to get your dream job and full time. This list of jobs for people in their 20s should actually make you excited about getting work. Whoever thought that was possible?! I can’t wait for you to get started.

 

(Oh, this is as far as I go.  If you are motivated enough to know more, click here and be educated as to what’s out there waiting for you).

https://www.thetypicaltwentysomething.com/cool-jobs-for-20-somethings/

Phrases to Avoid in Job Interviews

Looking to find THE job ?  Here are tips about what not to say during your interview.  And want you might want to say instead.

By Joshua Greenberg and Work + Money

Interviews are intimidating. The pressure of sitting across from a person — or a group of people — with the power to shape your future can make it hard to think of what to say, or how to say it well.

In most instances, a resume might get you in the door, but the interview will get you the job. It puts a lot of meaning on what you say in a very limited period of time — and how you say it.

The problem in nailing the job often isn’t qualifications. Rather, good candidates take themselves out of the running by expressing themselves inartfully when it counts the most.

Avoiding the following key phrases can take you from being just another applicant to a finalist for the job.

Set the Right Tone

At the outset of most interviews, the interviewer might ask if you’d like anything to drink, like coffee or a glass of water. It’s very easy to respond with a casual phrase like, “I’m fine,” but doing so would be unprofessional.

While you by no means have to accept the offer, you should turn it down in a more formal manner. For example, try, “No, thank you. I’m all set for now.” It’s longer, but it’s more formal and more polite. It shows that you respect and appreciate the offer.

Just adding the “thank you” goes a long way toward changing the tone of your response. In a job interview, the more polite and respectful you sound, the more professional you appear.

Don’t Overdo It

Those who utter this phrase believe it makes them seem impressive. What employer wouldn’t want an employee that does everything perfectly, or who at least strives toward it? On its face, it seems an innocuous phrase and perhaps even one that could catch an ear. But it carries several issues.

First, it’s just too common. Employers hear far too often that candidates are “perfectionists,” and it simply does nothing to make a person stand out. More importantly, employers know it’s not true. No employer has ever hired a perfect employee, so they know that anyone claiming to be perfect can never live up to it.

Most employers also don’t want a so-called perfectionist on their staff. They want someone who isn’t afraid to make mistakes. That’s how employees learn. They also don’t want someone who will get so bogged down in minor, ultimately unimportant details that they neglect their other tasks and sacrifice productivity.

Claiming to be a perfectionist can make one seem new to the job market, and new to interviewing. If you want to come off as a savvy worker willing to learn, you’ll have to admit to some flaws.

Careful Not to Seem Lazy

Comfort is like perfection: nice in theory, but hard on the interviewer’s ears. While a potential employer does want someone who is familiar with their potential responsibilities, they don’t want someone who will be too comfortable. “Comfortable” can be cause for concern.

Comfortable can make the interviewer think the candidate isn’t looking for a challenge or isn’t looking to grow in their job. It signals the person is looking to coast.

While you should express your ability to perform the job tasks, employers also want to hear that you’re looking for something that will take you out of your comfort zone and challenge you, at least a little bit.

Shooting Yourself in the Foot

This is a tough one. On one hand, employers like it when they don’t have to micromanage an employee. However, telling an interviewer that you work well with limited supervision could make them think that’s the only kind of supervision you work well under.

Independence is nice, but you have to be able to take direction and, in most cases, you have to be able to work well as part of a team.

In almost any interview, the interviewer is looking for someone who will fit well with the team they already have in place. Let them know you can work on your own, but be sure you don’t come off as a lone wolf.

Speak Plainly

This word should be eliminated from almost all professional conversation, and particularly from your interview vocabulary. Unless you’re describing an otherwise metaphoric or hyperbolic situation that actually happened to you, there’s almost never a reason to use the word “literally.” And in most interviews, there will not be a reason to tell such an outlandish tale.

It’s an unnecessary and mostly meaningless modifier. When interviewing, you should avoid hyperbole and metaphor. Speak plainly and honestly. In other words, be literal. Your interviewer will assume you are, and there’s no need to confirm that you are by using the word.

Chat Up Your Actual Interests

Like the preceding phrase, this one can be tough to carry off successfully.

It’s something people want to say, particularly when interviewing for a job they aren’t familiar with. A willingness to try new things is perfectly fine, and has merits. It can let employers know that you aren’t afraid to do whatever they require.

However, it also can make you seem unfocused, as if you’re just applying to jobs for the sake of finding anything at all, instead of finding something you can excel at.

It’s certainly true that you might not know how good you’ll be at a job until you try it, but you should be able to give a few reasons why you think you’ll do well with whatever new task the job will present to you.

There are 19 more phrases to avoid saying.  You can find the entire article at:

https://www.workandmoney.com/s/phrases-to-avoid-job-interviews-99ed415f87b5417f?utm_campaign=phrasesavoidinterview-1b3089ce2fab4da2&utm_source=pin&utm_medium=cpc&pp=0&epik=dj0yJnU9d2lmMWxreF94dk51V0VXSmh3WW9Cc29RR1l1YVVvOUMmbj1PajJFbE1JYXE2Tnp0WmZvRlRVRGxRJnQ9QUFBQUFGMWNiaXM