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Five Ways to Find Fulfillment in the Workplace

[fa icon="calendar"] Aug 30, 2019 2:58:37 PM / by Blythe Chong


We have heard stories of breaking point that drove our friends or family members to resign from their jobs. Common themes emerged: People left the jobs over toxic bosses, colleagues or work environment. Also, people left when they were remunerated unfairly. 

Additionally, being overworked is the top reason employees quit, especially top performers (Forbes, 2018). When you have a high performing employee, it’s very easy to fall into the trap of giving them extra work. On the other hand, not being challenged or appreciated were also reasons for them to leave their jobs. 

Having said that, how do we have a taste of fulfillment at workplace?

Sense of purpose

A good job pays you well, while a great job fills us with sense of purpose. With deep self-reflection and introspection, you will probably be able to discover your purpose so you can match a job that feeds that purpose.

Reframe your thinking

We cannot have a positive life and a negative mind ~ Joyce Meyer

Our thoughts are very powerful. A wonderful way to train your thoughts is to commit to viewing problems at work as opportunities. Yes, it’s not going to be easy. But if you choose negative interpretation over every situation, you bound to feel terrible. When you consciously choose to think more positively, you create a more energetic and inspirational space for yourself.  

Set healthy boundaries

A healthy boundary is one that allow you to exercise control. We need to figure out where limits need to be set and be prepared to say no to unreasonable request. Communicate your boundaries assertively but not aggressively! 

The practice of gratitude

It may sound cliché but research has shown that gratefulness increases our emotional well-being (Wood, Froh and Geraghty, 2010) and people who practice gratitude regularly are less likely to experience burn out. Begin by writing 3 things you are grateful for every day. 

Build positive relationships 

Seligman (2002) has emphasized on the importance of relationships to happiness and fulfilment. That is to say who we work with is just as important as what we do. Start scheduling time to build genuine relationships with your colleagues, remember to avoid harmful gossiping! 

Lastly, remember work-life-balance! It is crucial to schedule quality time with your family and friends, exercise regularly and explore hobbies that build your confidence and relieve your stress.  

Have a read on what our friends have to share from the talk on Enjoyment & Fulfillment in Your Work!

"Good sharing. Enjoyed the informative and inspiring workshop." Gina Tan

"Thanks for organizing. The talk was helpful, good tips on how to find fulfillment and enjoyment at work. The watchouts are good to note as well, including the personal sharing." Carol Shen

Did this article resonate with what you are experiencing as a caregiver? Would you like to gain valuable insights from experts on how to better manage your emotional health? The chance is here! We have partnered with the Association of Psychotherapists and Counselors Singapore (APACS) to conduct a lunchtime talk on Psychological Trauma Management, as well as a group counseling session on Care Companion and Medical Escort. As both events are fully sponsored by CaregiverAsia, seats are limited. Reserve your seat by clicking the button below!

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Ashira Prossack, 2018, ‘6 Reasons Your Best Employees Quit’. Available from: https://www.forbes.com/sites/ashiraprossack1/2018/11/30/6-reasons-your-best-employees-quit/#6774947d2d74 Accessed August 2019.

Seligman, Martin E.P. (2002). Authentic Hapiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfilment. New York, NY: Free Press.

Wood, A., Froh, J., & Geraghty, A. (2010) Gratitude and wee-being: A review and theoretical integration. Clinical Psychology Review, 30, 890-905. 

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Blythe Chong

Written by Blythe Chong

Blythe is passionate about helping people overcome their life challenges and started her social work career in 2007. She has been working extensively with communities in Singapore providing counselling services, talks and workshops. Her passion to serve others has led her to provide opportunities for patients with chronic illnesses. She co-founded JourneyWorks and started providing employment for six patients and their caregivers, targeting to reach out to more patients and their caregivers.

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