Little things that make people feel happy at work

Article from Paula Clapon on You know those little things that make your day shine and are not really connected to you in any way? Either your colleague’s attitude, the way your work space is organised or random surprises that your colleagues treat you with can make every day at work more and more enjoyable.

1.Sociable colleagues

Isn’t everything better when you have nice sociable colleagues to work with?

2. Doing tasks that have meaning for me

Let’s say you choose a job just for paying your rent and you’re waiting for a dream job opportunity. But, whatever you’re doing you want to be appreciated for your work. And how can we judge a fish by its climbing skills? We can’t.

3. Constructive feedback

The most important part of your work is feedback. No matter if it’s positive or negative (and then you will know what you have to change) feedback represents a very important instrument for measuring the quality of your work. And a complete feedback that has only the best intentions can transform your day in a very productive and cheerful one.

4. Smiling co-workers

A smile never cost anybody anything and a day seems to go better when you are surrounded by colleagues that smile and are willingly to help you anytime or just to hug you when you are not feeling ok.

5. Having a mentor

Not anybody can brag about having a mentor at their job. A mentor is not only a teacher, it is the person that inspires you, the person from whom you want “steal” the knowledge’s of the job or you want to enjoy his “success secrets”.

6. A good training program

We all feel very motivated do our job the best way we can when we have a very good training program. Thereby you can receive better feedback  you can work more focused and you can improve your skills when you know you’ll be rewarded.

7. Brainstorming sessions

The sessions where we put our brains to work to come up with a mountain of ideas in which there is hidden, like a treasure, a brilliant idea for a project are relaxing and exhausting. Even though it seems a paradox a brainstorming session can bring up to the surface all the creativity that we are capable.

8. Open-minded people around

If all the people around us would be open minded we would all have something to gain.

9. A unique benefits package

We bet you love free coffee or lunch included or candies on bosses desk or stuff like that included in your unique benefits package. Or maybe you prefer free gym or free parking.

A friendly working environment


1. Playing games (only in Lunch breaks)

Taking a break once in awhile it’s the key to success. So, why wouldn’t you take advantage of your free time to revitalize your body and to relax your brain cells?

2. A room only for fun

Wouldn’t your work environment be happier if you would have a room only for entertainment purposes? A room full of games where you could leave the stress behind?

3. Short breaks

Short going-out-for-some-air breaks give you the perfect time to have a moment just for yourself in which you can analyze your daily problems.

4. A clean desktop with a nice wallpaper

In order to be productive we need to be organized. So should be your desk, your files and of course your desktop. A clean work space gives you a great push when you want to start new things or tasks. And a happy wallpaper should bring the smile on your face.

5. Great indoor design

White walls and uncomfortable chairs aren’t the greatest amplifier for creativity. If you’re not getting the greatest results from your brainstorms, surely the monotone work environment has its role. Maybe a colorful room, with all kind of inspirational images on walls, a comfy chair and a hilarious rug will kick off that wild imagination of yours.

6. Nice tools to work with (pencils and stuff, a fast laptop or PC)

What could get you more happy than your own work kit? A personalized laptop, a colorful crayon support, an elegant agenda – all these little things are details that could change the way your day will turn out.

7. A cozy chair

Sitting on your desk all day long could have long term negative effects on your health. And as we all know unhealthy people are not happy. A chair that makes you feel like you’re in heaven, which keeps you relaxed while you work, can transform the nasty tasks in a breeze. And isn’t this a great reason to be happy?

8. A book I may find on my desk

A book found on your desk in the morning, which you asked to borrow just a few days ago can make your day be clear as the sky on a sunny day. You’re getting that smile on your face and you can’t wait to get home and read it.

Good things that set your mood

1. Learning day by day

Whether it’s keeping up on current events, a new hobby or interest or simply any new idea, taking a small amount of time to learn something new  every day is a great way to add to your personal knowledge base.

2. Good coffee or amazingly tasty tea

A tasteful jasmine tea or an energizing coffee with plenty of milk can indeed be the reason you keep fighting at the office in a cloudy day (in a day in which all things seem to  go wrong).

3. Lunch breaks

The lunch break is also very important: your brain has a small amount of time in which it can catch a breath and you have the perfect chance to taste something which you enjoy.

4. Nice music

Chill out music for quiet days, soft dub step for lazy moments and Lana del Rey forever” says one of my favorite colleagues. And she seems right.

5. Sweets shared with my colleagues (especially chocolate)

What can be better than that special moment in which one of your colleagues brings a box full of chocolate and he’s willing to share it with you? Or a big platter with home baked cookies with apples and cinnamon?

6. Quiet times where you’re alone in the office

Know those moments in which you are the only one in the office (hopefully not after hours), and you are looking around and there is no one at all?

7. Flexible schedule/ hours

Being able to leave the office whenever you have personal business to take care of is something that you must love about a job.

8. Smart jokes and going out every Friday

Open-minded colleagues are always coming with funny smart jokes.

As you could see there quite a bunch of little things which can make you happy and productive in the same time in these eight hours you spend at work. We only highlighted 25 of them. What other small things have made you happy during your work hours?


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