Being happy in the workplace equates to being productive in the workplace. How does one become truly happy and successful? You must identify what your strong traits are and then utilize them to the advantage of the company.
So, how do you determine what your strengths are? Many people can name one or two of their strengths. If you can pinpoint at least 3 strengths, you will be well on your way to finding your happy place while benefitting your employer.
If you are finding it challenging to identify three strengths, below is a simple checklist to get you started:
___ Good decision-making skills; decisive
___ High moral standards
___ Good communicator (good written and/or verbal skills)/articulate
___ Proactive; go-getter
___ Organized /good time management
___ Critical problem solver
___ Self-disciplined/independent worker
___ Strong work ethic/produces high quality work/goes above and beyond what is asked
___ Good at analyzing data
___ Flexible; willing to learn new skills
___ Dependable and reliable
___ Works well with others; team player
___ Creative; imaginative
Now, ask your supervisor to identify three strengths they see in you and see if they match. If your employer sees several different strengths in you than you see in yourself, it may be time to re-evaluate. Maybe you just haven’t had the opportunity to display those strengths to your employer yet. Maybe they see more in you than you see in yourself. Different perspectives see different things.
Your next step would be to choose 2-3 strengths that work best in the environment you are currently in and develop them further. As you grow in these strengths, you will become a more productive asset to the company.