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  • Writer's pictureAnna Conrad

How to Bring Joy Back to Work


Most people spend a significant portion of their lives at work. As time passes, it's common to feel that the joy has been lost from the work experience. This can lead to a lack of motivation and productivity and can even contribute to burnout. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to bring joy back to work.

First and foremost, it's essential to find meaning in your work. When you feel that your work is meaningful and contributes to a larger goal or purpose, it can be easier to find joy in your work. Take the time to reflect on how your work benefits others and how it aligns with your values. If you're struggling to find meaning, talk to your colleagues or manager to see if there are opportunities for you to take on new projects or responsibilities that align with your interests.

Another way to bring joy back to work is by cultivating positive relationships with colleagues. Building strong connections with those you work with can make the work environment more enjoyable and fulfilling. Take the time to get to know your colleagues personally and find common interests to bond over. Make an effort to celebrate milestones and achievements together, whether it's a work-related accomplishment or a personal event like a birthday.

It's also essential to prioritize self-care outside of work. Finding joy in your work can be challenging when you're feeling burnt out or stressed. Take breaks throughout the day and use your time off work to do things that recharge your energy and make you feel good. These breaks could include exercising, spending time with loved ones, or indulging in a hobby.

Finally, focusing on gratitude and positivity in the workplace can be helpful. Practice expressing gratitude to your colleagues and supervisor for their work and positive impact on your work experience. Take the time to appreciate what you enjoy about your job, no matter how small it may seem. Reframe negative situations as opportunities for growth and learning rather than dwelling on the negative aspects.

Bringing joy back to work is possible with a few intentional steps. By finding meaning in your work, cultivating positive relationships, prioritizing self-care, and focusing on gratitude and positivity, you can make the most of your time at work and feel fulfilled in what you do.


For more tips on bringing joy back to work, watch the April 2023 Executive Voices recording with executives from Southwest Airlines, Lockheed Martin, and Ping Identity.

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