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Tips To Stay Happy On The Job

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Are you happy in your work? A whopping 60 percent of Americans say they are unhappy at work, according to a recent survey from Accenture.

We’d all like more money or a better title, but having a job puts food on the table, and there are still more than 12 million Americans out of work who would love to have your position. So while many workers aren’t happy, 70 percent are planning to stay at their jobs.

Here are some ways to make the most of it. Money Magazine came up with these easy tips to help you get back your spark.

First, “advance the biggest ball.” If you feel like you’re treading water with all of the tasks in front of you, decide what’s most important and get it done. Studies show that workers get the most satisfaction after completing meaningful projects.

Second, own your personal growth. To make it to the next level, you’re going to need better skills. So try and design projects that help you get that experience, and use that to your advantage in the future.

Third, create a “politics free” zone. Negativity is contagious in the workplace, so try and bring an upbeat attitude to your team.

Fourth, use the freedom you’ve earned. These days, a lot of employers offer options for workplace flexibility, like telecommuting or work from home days. Take advantage of those perks. After all, you’re still on the clock.

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