Happier at work

Could You Be Happier at Work?

Could you be happier at work?

For many, the answer is yes.

A study by the Mayo Clinic reported that physicians who focused more on the tasks they found most meaningful improved job satisfaction and reduced burnout.

This seems like a no-brainer, right? Do more of what you like = be happier.

The interesting part is that only incremental changes were needed to reduce burnout.

The sweet spot was spending just 20% of the time on high-value tasks.

Spending more than 20% of the time on these same tasks did not result in any greater impact/benefit.

If you are looking to improve job satisfaction, this means you don’t necessarily need to make big changes. Incremental changes can have a big reward.

Start with identifying the tasks you enjoy the most or excel at, then consider ways to spend 20% of your time on them.

Perhaps you like helping people. Could you offer to help a co-worker with tasks?

Maybe the favourite part of your job is writing. How can you do more of it?

Or, maybe you get energized by organizing events. Is there a social committee you can join?


What tasks do you enjoy the most at work? What can you do more?


Adrienne Tom

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  1. dan on October 15, 2019 at 4:35 am

    Awesome article thanks

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