Unhappy at work?

Ask yourself this one question

by Lori Lander in Engagement, Strengths, Work Life
April 24, 2017 0 comments

Unhappy at Work? Ask Yourself this One Question..

Sadly there are a large percentage of people around the world who wake up every day, follow the same routine, operate on autopilot at work and return home feeling depleted, disengaged and flat out stuck in a vicious, unhappy cycle. Others feel overworked and under-appreciated, counting down the minutes until Friday afternoon. Unhappiness at work is a chronic problem yet so many people live in silent misery because they are unable to pinpoint exactly what fuels their discontent and therefore have no idea what to do. There are many reasons why people may be unhappy with their current work situation. One reason being that their job is not in alignment with their core values and strengths. Ask yourself this one important question: Do your core values and signature strengths align with your company’s culture? In order to answer this question you must first determine your core values and intrinsic signature strengths . Your values are the ideas and beliefs that guide your actions and reflect what you find most meaningful in life. In order to be completely satisfied with your work, and life in general, it is essential that you are in alignment with and utilize your unique strengths and values regularly. The Values in Action (Via) Survey of Character Strengths is a personalized scientific assessment created by Christopher Peterson and Martin Seligman, well-known researchers in the field of positive psychology. This assessment will help you understand and identify your unique characteristics and values. This assessment consists of 24 character strengths that fall under 6 categories:
• Wisdom :Creativity, Curiosity, Grit, Love of Learning, Perspective
• Courage: Bravery, Perserverance, Honesty, Zest
• Humanity: Love, Kindness, Social Intelligence
• Justice: Teamwork, Fairness, Leadership
• Temperance: Forgiveness, Humility, Prudence, Self-regulation
• Transcendence: Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence, Gratitude, Hope, Humor, Spirituality.
Although, everyone possesses varying degrees of all 24 strengths, this survey will help you determine your top five signature strengths. Once you have determined your top five strengths, you will want to take a look at your current job description and daily workload.
>>>Take the VIA Survey HERE to determine your “Top 5” <<<
Are you in a position where you are utilizing your top 5 signature strengths on a regular basis? If not, you may want to try to improve your work relationships and redesign your workload to ensure a meaningful and happier work experience at your current job. Or you may determine that your current company culture is not in alignment with your core values. If this is the case, then you may want to consider researching work that will utilize your signature strengths. Researchers have found that applying your unique strengths on a regular basis at work improves professional growth, engagement, productivity and happiness. A study by Harzer and Ruch found that: “employees who used four or more of their signature strengths had more positive work experiences and were more likely to consider their work-as-a-calling than those who expressed less than four.” Strong evidence has proven that “regardless of which character strengths are used, the congruent use of strengths in the situational circumstances at work is important for fostering job satisfaction, pleasure, engagement, and meaning in one’s job.”

“Without the application of one’s unique strengths and the development of one’s virtues towards an end bigger than one’s self, one’s potential tends to be whittled away by a mundane, inauthentic, empty pursuit of pleasure.” ~ Martin Seligman

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