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Annie McKee Says Be Happy At Work And Succeed

Annie McKee During WOBI NYC Conference
Photo Credit: Vikki Hankins-Jones

By Vikki Hankins-Jones|

So you’ve lost your joy of doing the very thing you love to do – your job. When you wake in the morning you dread getting out of bed only to face the begrudging task of going to work. Resentment brews, unhappiness spreads through your bones and completing what was once easy, now feels like the weight of the world.

Is it possible to turn this around? To bring the joy and passion back to your work? How?

Angie McKee – advisor to leaders of Fortune 500 companies – teaches people how to restore joy at work in her book entitled, How To Be Happy At Work. During WOBI’s Humanification themed conference McKee addressed:

  • Key ways to overcome the pressures and stress that negatively affect performance.
  • How to ensure a healthy, positive climate for your teams and throughout the organization.

Statistics on the subject in McKee’s presentation:

Success * When we are positive, we are: 31% More productive; 40% More likely to receive a promotion; 23% Fewer health – related effects from stress and our creativity triples.

Photo Credit: Vikki Hankins-Jones

“Create an environment where ‘purpose’ is front. Most people want to lead well, want to manage well …. most people want to make a difference (on their jobs),” she advised. McKee’s message emphasized the thought that ‘purpose, hope, friendship and conviction are essential elements to creating and sustaining happiness’.

I had the opportunity to speak with her, where she shed more light on a happier life in the workplace. Here are two pieces of advice for those that love their work but are unhappy with the environment:

“Tip 1: If you love your work, one of the things that can be most problematic is that you just work too much. And you can’t live your job no matter how much you care about what you’re doing if you’re working all the time. You’ve got to draw some boundaries.”

“Tip 2: Don’t follow the crowd. Don’t do things because you think you should do them. Do things because you care and because you believe in it.”

McKee founded and for many years led a small business and understands the pitfalls of getting trapped in the mindset of ‘paying bills’. In coping with the desperation associated with financial obligations, it’s important to maintain a balanced mindset and not allow desperation to get the best of you. “Cultivate habits of mind that allow (you) to calm down…Break the myth that in fact results come first and people come second,” says McKee.

Those habits could include exercise, medication, etc but the one thing it does not include is leaving the bringing the “cell phone to the dinner table.”

After collapsing, hitting her head and breaking a cheekbone Arianna Huffington – founder of Huffington Post and Thrive Global – re-evaluated well-being. ‘When I collapsed from exhaustion. After that I became more and more passionate about the connection between wellbeing and productivity, said Huffington.

McKee listening Intently during book singing at WOBI NYC
Photo Credit: Vikki Hankins-Jones

Burnout and fatigue are additional reasons why people become so unhappy doing something they once loved. Workplace environment, demanding clients and competitive colleagues are yet additional reasons why it becomes so difficult to enjoy work.

‘Life is too short to be unhappy at work; if you sacrifice happiness, you sacrifice success’. These subjects are only a few areas How To Be Happy At Work addresses.

‘When you decide to look within yourself to connect with what’s most important to you, what makes you feel hopeful about the future, and what you long for in your relationships, you are taking that first step toward a work life that is deeply satisfying, challenging and fun. With conviction and practice, you can be happy and successful – and love your work.’ – How To Be Happy At Work by Annie McKee

How To Be Happy At Work is available at Amazon.

I advise anyone to purchase this book for reasons associated with well-being, lifestyle improvement, overcoming stress-related physical and mental health issues. – Vikki Hankins-Jones

*Shawn Achor , “Positive Intelligence,” Harvard Business Review , January – February 2012

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