How to Love Where You Work
Many thanks to OMN member Hanna Mansson at Hubble for contributing these tips and tricks about how to love where you work!
We’ve all heard the saying ‘Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.’ Having a job that is fulfilling, challenging and fun is something we all dream of. But even for the most passionate person, to always love what you do can sometimes feel like an unachievable goal.
It’s important to remember that whilst the job itself may be crucial to your happiness, there is a lot more to work than your daily to-do list. The people, the culture, the environment and the location all play a huge part in how we feel at work, and sometimes therefore how we feel about work. In this post, I explore three simple and actionable tips on how to create a work environment that you, and the rest of your team, will love.
1. Get to know your colleagues
Forming close relationships at work is perhaps the best thing you can do for both your career and for your happiness. Not only will you have daily laughs, fun lunches and feel more comfortable in the office – you will have people to talk to when things get tough. Empathy is a magical word that is not spoken about enough in workplaces. Being able to feel empathy for, and be the receiver of, can drastically improve our happiness at work and creates a humble and pleasant work environment for everyone.
Let’s be honest, you may not like everyone at work and that’s okay. This shouldn’t stop you from actively trying to get to know people beyond polite phrases. You may be surprised with what you find in someone, and even more surprised by the effect that has on your mood at work.
To get you started, here are a few tips for building those relationships:
- Take someone for lunch or initiate a team lunch
- If there’s no cultural club in your company then start one (and make sure the activities are varied enough for everyone to want to get involved)
- Schedule a brainstorm for team building activities
- Introduce fika (we did this at Hubble and it worked amazingly!)
- Introduce regular team lunches or breakfasts
2. Personalise your space
Okay, so may not be able to put up your favourite band poster on the wall but bringing some loved objects from your home to put on your desk can make a huge difference to your happiness at work. Bring your favourite trinket, get some plants, splash out on some delightful stationary, keep a small frame with a photo of your cat on your desk.
These small and subtle additions to your surroundings are bound to make you feel more at home at work, which will make you more relaxed, comfortable and maybe even happier.
3. Make break time special
Make good use of your break time. Why not got for a walk and explore the surrounding area on your lunch break? You might find a new favourite coffee shop where you can take clients or colleagues for causal meetings. Or you might find a beautiful little greenery where you can enjoy lunch in the summer. Even if you bring your lunch with you, going for a short walk to get to know your neighbourhood will make you feel more comfortable at work.
When it comes to the shorter breaks you can make these special by bringing your favourite mug and coffee beans, occasionally organising treats for the team (this will catch on!) or watching a clip of your favourite speaker. Make these moments delightful, and delightful you shall feel.
It’s great to see how business owners and property developers alike are realising how workspace, productivity and employee wellness are closely interlinked. Innovative workspace designs and delightful workplace perks can now be found everywhere in the capital. At Hubble, dream of a world where loving where you work is taken as seriously as loving what you work with.