You may not need to work from Bali to find happiness at work, according to American human resources expert Sarah Aviram. (Image: 123RF)
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Waking up in the morning. “Happiness is a state that will not last. It corresponds to what we want at a given moment, and depends on external factors. But what it can be is a feeling of accomplishment.
American human resources expert Sarah Aviram made this observation after conducting a survey of the numbers of remote workers and digital nomads on a trip that took her to twelve countries. she says during a TED talk in 2022.
Faced with a position that no longer quite suited her, she convinced her employer, a New York-based technology company, to let her work in different destinations, in order to immerse herself in these cultures as the organization wanted to start recruiting talent.
However, when the novelty wore off, she realized that what really needed to change wasn’t where she put her laptop, but her job. Or at least what motivates her to act.
Sometimes, stuck in their rut, workers lose sight of why they accepted a position, what task they were hired for, and what ultimately motivates them and fuels their sense of accomplishment.
Sarah Aviram believes that to regain that satisfaction of fulfilling one’s duty, there is no need to resign – with some exceptions.
“Maybe you can start the next chapter of your career at an organization that knows you, where you’ve built credibility, trust, and a network, and where they’re willing to let you try things you’ve never done before,” he suggests. Magnifier.
A little introspection is necessary
Sarah Aviram suggests asking yourself three questions to find that sense of accomplishment at work.
First, you need to identify tasks or responsibilities that bring you joy. Not just the ones you excel at, but also the ones you enjoy doing.
Then ask yourself how these tasks will allow you to create added value for your organization and your customers. The expert suggests surveying your colleagues or your boss in order to determine “the right balance between what interests you and the needs of your clients or employer.”
Next, she recommends finding new strings for your bow to develop regarding what gives you joy at work. The feeling of progress, that we are mastering new skills, is, according to his research, an important driver for fueling this sense of accomplishment.
At the end of this exercise, you can create a role from scratch that was not part of your company’s organizational chart. Suggesting your employer take on these new jobs may leave you feeling dizzy, not knowing whether they’ll agree to review your list of responsibilities.
Author of the book Takedown: The Remote Worker’s Definitive Guide to Life, raises this: It is a huge advantage to offer your employees the opportunity to work from anywhere. Allowing them to feed their sense of accomplishment by doing things that motivate them is another.
To work remotely or not to work remotely, this is the question that is causing turmoil in many companies with the beginning of the 2023 academic year.
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