Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Forget pay rises or work friendships. Here's the one thing that's proven to bring happiness at work

rexfeatures_408262k.jpg

When you're not having the best time at work you might put it down to a lack of interest or not connecting with your colleagues.

But it seems the secret to a happy work day lies within our own perception of work.

Career analyst and author of five books on work and behaviour Daniel Pink - his TED talk on the puzzle of motivation has over 13million views - has surveyed some of the largest studies, experiments and data on "what makes some jobs soul-stirring and others soul-sucking" over the last few decades. 

He discovered the one thing that's proven to give a worker a good day is knowing they're progressing in some shape or form. In a recent post for Wired, he said:

“Harvard Business School professor Teresa Amabile and her husband, psychologist Steven Kramer, collected nearly 12,000 daily diary entries from 238 employees at seven companies to try to discover what constitutes a great day on the job. Their surprise finding? The single greatest day-to-day motivator—by far—was making “progress in meaningful work.” On days when people made headway—whether on fixing up Buicks or stitching up bodies—their motivation and performance soared. The lesson: Relentlessly gather feedback on how you’re progressing and celebrate progress at every turn.”

Every day, take some time out to recognise what you've accomplished, from small wins - for example breezing through a task you once struggled with - to large achievements. 

Related

jenny.jpg

'I treat my staff as grown-ups, with no job titles and flexible hours'

cap.JPG

Meet the stay-at-home 'latte papas'

andy-sachs-the-devil-wears-prada-204941_1400_912.jpg

No more sinking feeling; now you can 'undo send' that misfired email

job.jpg

Three lies it's actually acceptable to tell in your job interview

iphones social networking.jpg

Six things we learned about the psychological impact of Facebook

rexfeatures_1553692a.jpg

Three simple steps to overcoming fear of failure

Latest...

This unexpected town has been voted the best place to work in the UK

We didn’t see this one coming

by Moya Crockett
22 Sep 2017

How to use Instagram to boost your career (and land your dream job)

It’s time to make your Instagram account work as hard as you do…

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Sep 2017

Harry Potter fans can now apply to work in the real life Hogwarts

Calling all Potterheads

18 Sep 2017

These are the eight words you should avoid when writing your CV

Are you guilty of falling back on these overused phrases?

by Megan Murray
14 Sep 2017

These are the world’s best countries to live and work abroad

And surprisingly, no Scandinavian countries appear on the list

by Moya Crockett
07 Sep 2017

Why your boss needs to start taking your migraines seriously

According to the experts

by Sarah Biddlecombe
06 Sep 2017

Prioritise these relationships on LinkedIn if you want a job offer

Not all LinkedIn connections are created equal, according to new research

by Moya Crockett
06 Sep 2017

New back-to-work scheme targets gaping gender pay gap

One small step in helping mums return to work - but is it enough?

by Anna Brech
28 Aug 2017

This nannying job comes with seriously mind-blowing perks

But even Mary Poppins might struggle with these requirements

by Moya Crockett
25 Aug 2017

What is cyberloafing and how is it affecting your career?

Guilty? Here's how to get back on track

by Sarah Biddlecombe
24 Aug 2017