Having held a multitude of different jobs, ranging from translator and language teacher, to massage therapist, fitness instructor and coach, I often found myself in workplaces and under working conditions that made me vow I would never do these jobs again.

Today I am – among other things – a Joy of Business facilitator, which has helped me combine all my aforementioned skills and allowed me to have a sense of fulfillment and more fun than ever.

Get clarity about what are you missing in your job, which factors account for unhappiness and which of these depend on you and which depend on others. In the situations where you cannot change other people’s behaviour, look at what you can change in your attitude that might make a difference.

Here are a few suggestions on how to be happier in the job you have.

Finding emotional happiness

Are you having expectations of your job that should be reserved for other areas in your life?

For instance, I found myself expecting my colleagues to behave like family or friends, and would subconsciously be very concerned about our emotional interactions. As soon as I realised I was doing this, life became much easier as I readjusted my expectations to an appropriate and healthy level.

Where are you having expectations of your job that are not truly job-related?

Do you not get the recognition you think you deserve?

This used to be a big issue for me, because even when I was being praised I felt that now I was under pressure to always provide at least a 100% performance, or that I wasn’t being praised for the right things.

I suggest making a habit of mentally “patting yourself on the back” for anything you have accomplished and really acknowledging yourself, as you are the only one who knows what your small and big accomplishments and victories are.

Do you feel you are not being seen as a human being?

Acknowledge the contribution you are to the company and your colleagues, not only professionally, but as a human being. Realise that you do have a choice around how you show up and figure out how to bring more of the ‘real you’ to work so you feel comfortable and fulfilled in the workplace.

What energy can you bring into the workplace that would make it more enjoyable for not just your colleagues, but yourself too?

Are you overly affected when your colleagues are in a bad mood?

Don’t go into trying to “fix it“ and realise that whatever is going on for them, it has nothing to do with you.

If you choose to remain unaffected by other people’s mood swings and just let the emotional intensity go through, and past you, while still being open and friendly (as you would with a child throwing a tantrum),they might be able to see a different perspective as well.

Does the general workplace atmosphere get you down?

Identify what you don’t like about your work or workplace and brainstorm ways to make the experience a better one. It could be suggesting a weekly lunch with co-workers or a physical space for meditation in the office. Whatever your ideas are, speak up and suggest it. Even if they don’t accept or actualise your idea as is, it could open up new possibilities.

Finding happiness in your tasks

Do you find yourself procrastinating when it comes to tasks you don’t like?

How about trying a simple trick: If you have to do some less-than-favourite tasks, first think of something you really love doing. And then apply that energy to the task at hand. Be curious. Ask yourself: How can I do this so it would be fun for me?

Do you feel overwhelmed and under constant stress to perform to a deadline?

As a translator I am very familiar with this and have found the following tweaks get me out of the rut. As far as your schedule allows it, see which tasks feel easiest to do at any given moment, and start with these. This gets you into an “easy mode” which you can maintain while gradually increasing the complexity level, and soon you will find yourself doing the things you had considered less easy, with more ease. Also, accomplishing tasks well before the deadline (even small ones) can give you a sense of space and relief, whenever possible.

Finding happiness generally

Be grateful

It may sound old, but counting your blessings is the first step to get you back in a positive vein. First of all – being unhappy in our job means you do have a job to begin with.

Find 5 things, every night, you are grateful for about your job. Open yourself up to what you like about your job and figure out if there is a way to do more of that and less of what you don’t. Then, realise that you DO have a choice – if all the signs are for you to find a new job, start looking for a new one, while still being grateful for your current job to set the course for a fresh start.

Find something you love doing outside of work that is fun and easy to do

Find hobbies or activities that you love doing so much, you could spend all day doing them. Bring that energy to your workplace and look where you can make even small changes to brighten up your day.


To sum it up – begin to realise you are not a victim to your circumstances or a robot, but a multifaceted personality that can bring a different spark to any work environment. Do more of what you love, in and outside of work – and learn to love what you do.

What would it take for you to tune into your “happy vibe” more and more often until it becomes a new habit?

Corinna Kaebel is a professional interpreter, communicator, coach and mentor. Being fluent in English, German and Russian allows her to travel the globe extensively to teach, coach and interpret. Corinna loves being on the road, exploring new places and working with people from all different cultures and backgrounds. Her number one goal is to inspire, support and help people to show up with more of themselves intact and to navigate their own life journey with more ease, grace and glory. Corinna is a Joy of Business facilitator, a specialty program from personal development organisation Access Consciousness.

As we settle into 2015 and back into work (kinda hurts doesn’t it?), many of us will be thinking about what the year ahead holds in store for us career-wise – a promotion? New job? Or, is it finally time to launch that business idea?

Regardless of our individual paths, it is clear that Australian workplaces and the way we work are changing. Expert 360, an online platform matching professional freelancers with short-term business projects, has predicted the top ten workplace trends of 2015. From the rise of the Millennials, to yoga pants as accepted work attire (really?), here’s what we can expect from 2015:

1. Continuous job searching

Remember how our parents stayed with the same company for 30 years? Well those days are over. Employees are constantly on the look out for the next job. Networking is the new norm and the ever-present FOMO (fear of missing out) keeps everyone engaged. Smart businesses are starting to pick up on this and are nurturing this desire to excel.

2. More Millennials stepping up as boss

The young ones generally get a bad rap at work – judged as lazy, over-educated know-it-alls who want something for nothing. But beneath this façade is a generation of young individuals who crave the opportunity to take on leadership positions. A recent study revealed 72% of Millennials (also known as Gen Y) would like to be their own boss and the rise of young guns such as Mark Zuckerberg shows that there is a place for young people to lead.

3. Casual wear

Women on the street are wearing LuluLemon and Lorna Jane with no intention of going to the gym. Yoga pants are now acceptable work attire. Causal Fridays extend across the working week and ties on men are an aberration. Pioneered by Google, this trend speaks to a need to express individuality at work, which can lead to increased productivity and innovation.

4. Internships

By 2020, 40% of the total working population will be Millennials and internships are crucial in giving them that first taste of the working world. Emerging trends in internships have seen the rise of virtual internships within the financial and consulting industries. Recent legislation in Australia and abroad reflects the importance of internships as a legitimate form of employment.

5. Working remotely

Rapidly evolving technology and more flexible working arrangements means that the bricks and mortar of workplaces are not required for employees to do their jobs properly. Employees can now work from home, or be in a completely different city, and still achieve the same results.

6. Fast talent turnaround

Remember the days when you scoured the Saturday paper for job ads and sent your CV to the company by post? It feels like an eternity ago. Now, companies want to connect with the right candidate and hire faster than ever before. It won’t be long until the Tinder for recruitment disrupts the market.

7. Work is deeply personal

We have long sought the perfect ‘work-life balance’. However, work is now deeply personal, so instead of trying to balance two separate spheres of our lives we will be seeking ‘work-life integration’, where we want to see the value of what we do.

8. Cultural fit – hiring for cultural reasons

Cultural fit and character are now key considerations when assessing potential candidates, with many employers adopting the ‘hire character, train skill’ approach. Our multigenerational workforce, with Millennials and baby boomers working alongside each other, means ensuring there is an alignment on the values and vision of the company is critical in bridging the age gap. Your management style might need to change depending on who you deal with.

9. Talent development key to retention

With corporate loyalty a thing of the past, one way employers are trying to hold onto staff is through talent development programs. Once reserved for those at the top of the pyramid, we are seeing career development programs and skill workshops at every level of the corporate hierarchy.

10. The rise of the freelancer

30% of Australians are now undertaking some form of flexible freelance work. If we follow US trends, by 2020, this number is expected to rise by 50%. Technology has been one of the main drivers behind this trend, making it easy for businesses to connect to talent on demand.

Have you seen any of these changes in your workplace? What are your predictions for 2015? Leave your comments below.

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