A Recipe for Thriving at Work

By Linda L. Hardenstein

According to a Gallup study what differentiates “a thriving life from one spent suffering” is “the combination of our love for what we do each day, the quality of our relationships, the security of our finances, the vibrancy of our physical health, and the pride we take in what we have contributed to our community.” (Well Being, by Tom Rath and Jim Harter)

If you’re dealing with an overwhelming workload, frustrating co-workers, an unreasonable boss, devastating office politics and shifting priorities it’s not easy to have clarity about what you love, what you’re doing or why you’re doing it every day (unless it’s all about the money).

Like everything else worth having, thriving at work can be accomplished with some thought and careful planning:

  1. Stay engaged.  When you’re motivated and using your strengths to solve a problem that intrigues or challenges you or you’re in the woman+at+desk.jpgflow creating something that brings you fulfillment you’re engaged.  If your current job doesn’t provide you these opportunities find something outside of work you enjoy and do it every day.
  2. Know Your Purpose.  Some people, from a young age, know exactly what their purpose is and what they want to do in life — Olympic athletes and concert pianists who have played since the age of two come to mind.  Others walk a path of experimentation and exploration.  To find your purpose, you can ask yourself some questions about what you like and don’t like, or use an assessment to help you dig deeper and discover who you are and what you need to be doing to gain the greatest satisfaction.
  3. Avoid burn out.  Have you ever noticed that no matter how hard you work there’s always more to do?  According to Rath and Harter if you don’t get to use your strengths it’s easy to get burned out after working just 20 hours a week.   After you’ve identified them on your own or through the use of an assessment, spend some time engaged in using your strengths every day.

How do you thrive at work? I’d love your comments.

Linda Hardenstein, MPA, PCC is an expert career strategist and certified coach who provides professionals a unique and powerful assessment to discover their authentic purpose and the practical tools and answers to find a job that is your right fit. 

Contact Linda to find out more about her assessment to discover your authentic purpose and right fit career.