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Image: Professor Mike Schraeder.Professor Mike Schraeder of Troy University in Alabama, USA, presents four easy ways to improve your job satisfaction and maintain a healthy work-life balance

1. Connect by disconnecting

When was the last time you sent an e-mail to a colleague just a few feet away? Chances are it was very recently. Next time, try turning your computer off and speaking with co-workers face-to-face. Talking could produce long-term benefits to enriching working relationships with colleagues and actually save you some time from attempting the perfectly worded e-mail.

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2. Find something to laugh about every day

Beat off stress and have some fun at work. Even a few moments viewing one of the many (work appropriate!) funny stories/videos that are readily available on the internet can have positive benefits.

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3. Do something unexpected

We all get told that we need to collaborate more in work, so take the time to help someone out. These acts do not need to be complicated – simple things could include staying just a few minutes after work to help a co-worker meet a deadline, compiling paperwork or just making someone a cup of tea.

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4. Be more grateful

We have all worked with a colleague that saps the energy and enthusiasm out of a project. Don't be that person. Try championing other people's good ideas and work – it requires little time or effort, but has the potential to boost team morale and it actually gets the job done faster.

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Image: Development and Learning in Organizations.This is a précis of "Work life enrichment resolutions: four simple habits worth considering" by Mike Schraedar, originally published in Development and Learning Organizations, Vol 28 Issue 1.


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