A study by staffing services firm OfficeTeam revealed that aside from a paycheck, employees are most grateful for their friendly co-workers. The survey respondents said co-workers were more important to their happiness than having a good benefits program, a supportive manager or a flexible work schedule.
"Many full-time workers spend more than half of their waking hours at the office, so having friendly colleagues can make all the difference when it comes to job satisfaction," said Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam. "While you can't always control who you work with, employees do have a say in other aspects of their job that can improve their overall happiness."
With recent research from Monster.com showing that 15 percent of U.S. employees either dislike or hate their current jobs, OfficeTeam highlights five small shifts professionals can make to be happier at work:
- Socialize with co-workers: Participate in activities like team lunches or birthday celebrations. Getting to know colleagues builds camaraderie and makes working together more fun and productive.
- Step away from the desk: Employees can clear their mind by taking short walks or, weather permitting, enjoying lunch outdoors. Use allotted vacation days in order to get adequate time away from work.
- Explore flexible scheduling options: Professionals should find out if their employer supports alternative work arrangements. They may be able to reduce their commute by working from home on certain days or modifying their hours.
- Take advantage of perks: Make use of benefits beyond health insurance and vacation time, such as on-site exercise facilities, discount programs or dry-cleaning services.
- Set goals and meet them: Work toward career objectives by volunteering for stretch assignments outside normal responsibilities. Build new skills through professional development programs.
The study was based on surveys of 400 U.S. adult workers employed in an office environment.
Originally published on BusinessNewsDaily.