Numerous studies show that job stress places a significant weight on most working adults. This is certainly cause for concern. Rest assured – there are ways we can mitigate the increasing negative impacts of stress in our workplace. Surprisingly, it might be easier than we think.
Here are six activities to kick-start the happiness habits for a thriving workplace experience:
1. Reason Of The Week
Start a “Reason of the Week” where you and your team stand up and share why everyone is committed to doing their best work this week. Remind yourself why you do what you do, and for whom. Not only will people come up with innovative ideas – even more meaningfully – when these reasons are shared among peers, it also unifies the team while generating purpose-driven reasons to stay committed to the greater goals.
2. Thank You Emails
The habit of thanks. Before you close your laptop or sign off for the day, send out a ‘thank you’ email/tweet or text to someone for a job well done. Set a calendar reminder to make this a weekly habit. It only has to a few minutes, but it could make that person’s day. Plus, it offers huge improvements to our well-being. New research states that we experience a rush of endorphins when we do something kind for someone else.
3. Walking Meetings
Take the next meeting standing up, or walking around. We often think that we’re too far behind on our workload to move from our desk and our work, but the opposite is true. The more we get up and stretch and move, the more productive we are. Research found that creative output increased by an average of 60 percent when the person was walking. (Oppezzo, 2014).
4. Resilience Reminders
Remind yourself of your resilience: To start, describe one low point you’ve experienced at work. Then list two or three reasons why you’re grateful for that experience or describe something positive that’s come out of it. Try to reframe negative experiences this way as often as possible. Memories are powerful. If we reflect on them positively, we’ll feel better in the moment and predict a happier future.
5. Practice Gratitude
We all experience success and failures at work – and some days will be harder than others. While it is crucial to learn and grow from the disappointments, it is equally as important to recognize the accomplishments. Start by practicing gratitude with intention to avoid ruminating on the more challenging aspects of work. In our office at Plasticity, we have one giant wall where we post sticky notes of our gratitude and now the wall is filled with positive thoughts. Reading and re-reading the happy notes of others can be the perfect pick-me-up on those stressed-out days.
6. Put Yourself First
Get in the habit of putting yourself first at least once (preferably more – but let’s start with once) per day. Take 20 minutes to read something that has no purpose but provides joy. Take five minutes longer to enjoy your coffee without diving into emails. Enjoy a 15-minute nap or quiet time at lunch to reset. Start with small bites of time to give your brain the rest it needs to be productive and innovative and engaged. Emotional control and good leadership come with a well-rested and productive brain. To do that means self-care – something that way too many of us don’t consider as valuable. In my business, that is the most valuable consideration of all.
Applications Open For The Coca Cola Marketing Learnership Program
Applications Open For The Coca Cola Marketing Learnership Program. The Learnership runs over a period of 12 months. To successfully complete the program, the learner must obtain a minimum value of 120 credits. Through the completion of the Learnership, they will receive a National Certificate: Marketing (NQF 4).
The purpose of this program is to equip learners with the skills to understand and acquaint themselves with the underlying principles of how to grow volume, facilitate the order taking process & implement, execute & monitor merchandising standards for direct and indirect customers within a designated geographical area.
- Good analytical & numerical ability
- Socially outgoing and confident
- Able to build positive relationships
- Team player who can also work independently
- Assertive and persuasive- ability to influence and negotiate
- Open to change and looking for opportunities for improvement
- Good problem solving ability , solutions orientated and can be innovative
- Responsible, conscientious and dependable
- Self-discipline and well organized
- Good planning ability
- Good ability to work under pressure and handle a demanding work environment
- High energy levels and drive
How to Apply
Social Media Officer Wanted At University Of The Witwatersrand
Social Media Officer Wanted At University Of The Witwatersrand. To manage the University’s official social media accounts and their respective audiences in order to enhance the Wits brand and reputation in the social media space, thus be the voice of the Wits brand.
Key Responsibilities Include:
Marketing Campaign support
Degree in Marketing or journalism or equivalent experience in the digital marketing environment
A minimum of five to eight years’ experience in a similar position managing the social channels of the brand (as a minimum, Facebook, Twitter & Instagram – both paid & organic a plus)
Exceptional social savvy: an in-depth knowledge and interest in social media (including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, and more) with an up-to-the-minute knowledge of the latest social trends/platforms and industry best practice
Expert knowledge about content and social media communications (content generation, platform technical capabilities, social media analytics)
Experience in identifying social media tactics and adapting content for different social media platforms to engage, inform and build social media equity for the Wits brand
An understanding of and enthusiasm for the brand and tone of voice
Being an innovator: Staying constantly abreast of all technical and content developments and advances in the world of social media to bring fresh ideas and innovative developments to our social strategy; Working with the marketing team to look at ways social media can work within wider campaigns.
Motivated self-starter with a drive for results
Excellent creative editorial skills
Knowledge of and experience in manipulating images
Excellent command of the English language and attention to detail
Understanding of reputation management and ability to identify potential reputation damaging conversations and respond accordingly
Good numerical and analytical skills – adept at preparing management reports
Experience in and use of Google analytics and other open source analytical tools
Working knowledge of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) techniques
Demonstrated ability to interact professionally with a diverse range of clients
Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines, determine own work priorities, work independently and as part of a team.
Demonstrated commitment to applying relevant and applicable policies, procedures and legislation in the day-to-day performance of the functions of this role
How To Apply
Please submit a cover letter and a detailed CV with the names, contact numbers and email addresses of three referees.
Union Motors: Apprenticeship Programme 2018
Applications Open For The Union Motors Apprenticeship Program. Union Motors in Nelspruit Is Inviting suitable applications for Motor and Diesel Mechanic Apprenticeships.
Grade 12. English, Science and Maths.
N2 Mechanical Engineering Certificate with Motor! Diesel Trade
Theory as one of the subjects OR N3 with Mechanotech as one of the subjects OR equivalent.
Code 8 driver’s license
A genuine interest and passion for the motor industry
How to Apply
Only applicants meeting the above requirements should forward their Curriculum Vitae with the heading:
Motor/ Diesel Apprenticeship to: Leon.email@example.com or fax CV to: 086-538-2546
Certified and reliable copies of all relevant documentation must accompany the CV.
Selection will be done In terms of the Company’s Employment Equity policy.
Applicants who have not been contacted within 2 weeks of the closing date should consider their applications as unsuccessful.