Working Respectfully

There can be times in the workplace when we find ourselves forgetting our etiquette or manners. It can happen within ourselves, with colleagues or with customers. Each generation has been taught to be respectful regarding others and has ideally learnt what level of respect to expect from to others.  There are times, however, when the intensity of work demands increase and stressful environments arise, causing people to lose their temper. As added work stress conflicts with the view of the individual, they tend to lose their head, potentially at the wrong person.

This is the reality of the workplace: you are employed to perform a service, with the expectation of that service being done politely and respectfully. This ensures the customer returns and you stay employed.

If a situation arises where you feel disrespected, it’s important not to take it personally. You will eventually come across customers or co-workers that get empowered by demeaning others. In one perspective, feel sorry for that person as the level of empowerment comes from a negative place. Some people do not feel the full empathy and respect that we take for granted, causing them to lash out on the unexpected victim and gain a minimal empowerment that makes them feel better about themselves.

In another perspective, we don’t know what the beginning of their mood stemmed from: it may be the worst possible scenario imaginable. Small moments of etiquette or manners can make or break a business and hopefully change the view of the world. It’s also important to become resilient to abrupt people with a gentle smile or a kind gesture as it may assist customers and co-workers in realising the error of their ways.  No matter how rude someone is towards you in the workplace, you must remain calm and professional as you have more to lose from reacting to their bad behaviour. Talk to a manager or someone about what’s going on and always remain respectful towards others.

How To Be Outrageously Successful In Your Job

Ever wondered why some people can switch jobs or even careers and still become incredibly successful in all of them? Here, think about Entrepreneurs like Richard Branson, Elon Musk, etc. What skills do they have that keep them winning from one job or project to the next?

It’s actually not a big secret. You need to cultivate certain skills to be able to conquer any job. Here are five tried-and-true tricks on how to do so.

Be a Goal-Setter

Goal-oriented people are good at making actionable plans. Being goal-oriented can make a huge difference. It can be the difference between getting stuck in one position year on year and working your way up the promotion ladder. It is crucial, however, that you set achievable goals, milestones you can actually meet. Realising your goals can do wonders for both your job performance and happiness at work.

Setting goal after goal can prevent complacency and help you earn great respect from your employer. All in all, goal-setting can help you define yourself, both as a person and a worker.

Learn, Learn And Keep Learning

Most young people think that education ends as soon as you graduate from high-school or college. Even if you didn’t go to college, never stop learning if you want to become insanely successful in any job. This is where we can learn a lot from Elon Musk.

You see, when you stop learning, you are simply shutting an important window for success. Constantly learning can help you become adept at what you do and learn the ropes of your job. The efficiency and productivity that comes with knowledge can certainly help you overcome workplace challenges and enhance your job satisfaction.

It doesn’t have to be something huge — read industry news, attend educational seminars, local workshops, talks, and perhaps take some short courses.

Be Confident

Confidence can help you get far in any career. Confidence is crucial, not only in job interviews but throughout your career as well, and can come in handy when dealing with a variety of customers, co-workers and employers. In fact, it can help you achieve whatever you set your mind to, which is useful when faced with workplace challenges. Learn to believe in yourself.

Cultivate Strong and Robust Relationships

Strong relationships at work bring harmony, encourages teamwork, and is a great way to make sure that you are successful. Go beyond friendships, and build respect and trust. It’ll pay off in terms of job satisfaction and future career opportunities.

Take Charge of Your Happiness at Work

Hard work may be a key factor in how successful you’ll be, but your happiness at work also counts. To achieve this, you’ll need positive reinforcement and actually choose to be happy.

Are you currently facing challenges at work? At Employment First Aid, we’ve made it our mission to help young people like you stay in work by giving them the necessary skills and tools to do their best work, communicate effectively and increase happiness at work.

We’d love to hear from you! Chat with us on Messenger, send us an email or give us a call anytime on 1800 118 008.

Does Your Job Make You Miserable? 7 Things You Can Do Now To Actually Love Your Job

Have you ever found yourself miserable at your workplace? You have no job satisfaction or happiness at work? Don’t fret. You are not the first employee to feel that way. However, do not take comfort in the fact that you are not the only miserable employee. It is possible to rekindle the love for your job. Employment First Aid exists to help young people stay in work and find new joy in their job.

Here are seven things that you can do to actually love your job and get excited about work again:


1.) Set goals together with your supervisor or team

Sometimes, you may not actually love your job because you don’t feel like you have something to strive for. Remedy the situation by setting realistic goals with the help of a co-worker or your supervisor because they understand the job more than you do. In this way, you will be more motivated and have a structure which you can focus on every day.

2.) List the aspects that need to be improved

It is impossible to solve a problem if you have not defined what exactly the problem is. Take time to evaluate what aspects of your current job you would like to improve. Write down everything you don’t love and be as specific as possible. This will help clarify your next steps such as talking to your supervisor to offer some sort of assistance if they can. If you would rather speak to someone outside of work, we are always here to have a chat, offer free job advice and point you in the right direction. No challenge is ever to big. The worst thing you can do is keep it all to yourself. So, get in touch and chat with us.

3.) Figure out what you really love to do

Discover what aspects of your job you really love doing, big or small. Think about what your dream job would look like and write down the description. Look for overlaps between your job description and the list of things you currently love in your job. You could talk to your supervisor to include these tasks in your daily routine or maybe even transfer to another department that is more relevant to the tasks you enjoy doing.

4.) Ask for support

Consult a co-worker or manager when you feel too swamped up with work or when you are struggling with an aspect of your work. You may be surprised of just how much asking for support can go a long way in alleviating the pressures you may feel at work. It is unnecessary to be afraid of asking for help. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love to help a mate out? If you struggle with talking to someone in your job, you can always have a chat to our friendly team of job consultants.

5.) Expand your network

Workplace challenges are more common than you might think and exist in any industry. Building a network can create a support system to help you when times are tough. Attend meet-ups, events or conferences and get to meet more people in your industry who may be of great help in the future.

6.) Use your benefits

Some jobs offer benefits that you might not be making use of but that could help increase your job satisfaction. Maybe a free or discounted gym membership, perks for local businesses or regular company events. Find out all the benefits your job has to offer and make good use of them.

7.) Stay present

Spending time on Facebook all day draws out your happiness at work. It is impossible to stay focused and love your job when you are distracted and your mind wanders. Choose to stay present while working and focus on the task at hand. You’ll find that you will drastically increase your productivity, and as a result, your happiness and self-confidence.

Loving your job increases your chances of job satisfaction and happiness at work. Utilise these tips to help regain your workplace mojo.

Are you currently facing challenges at work? Employment First Aid is a FREE service to help young people like you stay in work by giving you the necessary skills and tools you need to do your best work, communicate better and be happier at work.

If you need help or advice on how to overcome specific challenges, we’d love to hear from you! Chat with us on Facebook Messenger, send us an email or simply give us a call anytime on 1800 118 008.

Being Happy At Work: It’s Easier Than You Think

In today’s ever-stressful world, the workplace is no bed of roses for most young employees. The perpetual battle against deadlines, going from meeting to meeting or task to task, and dealing with coworkers can take a toll on your happiness at work. And when you’re unhappy, your job satisfaction and productivity suffer, putting you in even more trouble. It’s a vicious circle that’s a reality in most workplaces.

The truth, however, is that happiness at work is more feasible than you think. How so? Here are five proven strategies from our team here at Employment First Aid for cultivating happiness at work, and making your workplace more fun and enjoyable.


5 Proven Strategies for Increased Happiness At Work


#1. Ever Heard that Happiness is a Choice?

It’s a cliche, I know, but it is indeed true. If happiness were a ship, then you’d be its captain. So, make happiness at work your choice. Of course, it sounds easier said than done because something as simple as happiness is incredibly hard to put into action.

Each day, you have the choice to focus on either the good or the bad. So, start thinking positively about your workplace, your role, your coworkers, and your boss. Put your focus on what you actually like about your job rather than what you dislike. It’ll do wonders for your happiness at work.

#2. Surround Yourself with Positivity

As much as focusing on the good at work is a choice, so is avoiding gossip and negative/toxic people. Team up and spend time with colleagues that inspire and motivate. These are people who’ll make you feel appreciated and loved. Lesson? Create positive reinforcement for yourself through making positive connections.

#3. Do At Least One Thing You Love Daily

You’d be forgiven for thinking you cannot find something you can love at your current job. But, you can. Take a step back and think about your interests, skills, and zero in on something you can find enjoyable doing every day. You will find that every time you accomplish it, your job satisfaction goes up, and so does your happiness at work. What do you love doing at work? No matter how big or small.

#4. Leverage Feedback

Ever wondered how you’re doing at your job? Not knowing can be frustrating, especially if you’re new to the team. Make an effort of getting regular feedback from your employer, the clients, and even your coworkers. It not only tells you where you stand and how you can improve, but shows the team that you care about the success of the business.

#5. Don’t Punch Above Your Weight

Don’t make commitments at work that you cannot keep. It’s one thing to try to please your boss by promising to deliver a big project “tomorrow morning,” but doing it is a different story. Make sure you set goals you can actually achieve and keep your word. This will earn you trust from your boss and coworkers and establish a good reputation. There’s nothing wrong with being honest and saying that you need more time or help to accomplish a certain task.

Your happiness at work can make a huge difference. With these handy tips, you can improve your productivity and spruce up your overall job satisfaction.

Are you currently facing challenges at work? At Employment First Aid, we’ve made it our mission to help young people like you stay in work by giving them the necessary skills and tools to do their best work, communicate effectively and increase happiness at work.

We’d love to hear from you! Chat with us on Messenger, send us an email or give us a call anytime on 1800 118 008.

9 Reasons Why Keeping Your Job Is Better Than Looking For A New One

We have all been at a point where our resolution list begins with “Get a new job”. There are factors that may contribute to this decision which may include lack of job satisfaction, workplace challenges, lack of happiness at work or a need to move forward with your career goals. However, finding a new job is not a guarantee that all your job dreams will come true. Unfortunately, this decision can often turn out to be the opposite of what you expected. Here is why you should try to keep your current job rather than look for a new one.

9 Reasons why staying In your job might be better than looking for a new one


1.) Finding a new job is not as simple as it appears

There are many people looking to ditch their current jobs. Competition is always stiff. Unfortunately, it is very likely that your competitor in your perfect job is someone with similar skills and experiences as you. Don’t underestimate the time and effort it takes to find a new suitable job, apply for it and actually be the one who gets it.

2.) It would mean starting over

The packages that come with the new job may be enticing. The downside of this is that you will have to start over because many companies have benefits that do not kick in for a period of time. If you have been in a certain role for a period of time, you might be able to receive additional benefits or incentives from your current employer.

3.) Job switching can be stressful

A new job may require you to change locations, working hours, adjusting to a different kind of work and taking on more responsibilities. Studies show that this can be very detrimental to your health if you are not one who adept in no-time. Most importantly, one particular study showed that an employment change is a significant life stressor. Disrupting your work routine will not only affect your personal life but your social life as well.

4.) You will be the newbie

Being the newbie is not always comfortable. You will be the one that needs training and supervision to avoid making mistakes. You might think that you are valuable to the company, but the first 3 months determine whether you are a liability or an asset. Mastering a new job takes time and you may not have as much as you would like.

5.) Relationships take time

Building new relationships with your new boss, colleagues and customers takes time because you are new to the environment. Moreover, building trust can take even longer.

6.) Growth often involves stepping outside your comfort zone

Lack of growth opportunities in an organisation causes stagnation. Stagnation creates an environment of mental absenteeism at the workplace. However, growth does not mean leaving for greener pastures because the grass is always greener elsewhere. You will never grow by following this mentality. Growth comes when you are stretched beyond your comfort zone. Don’t make the mistake to think that a new job is going to fix all your workplace issues and challenges. In fact, it will only create more. The key is to work on yourself first. At Employment First Aid, we do exactly that; help you get better at facing any challenges that arise in your workplace.

7.) Building your network and references

It is easier to get a new job from your current job because you are always interacting with different people who can help you professionally. If you have been in your current job for a while, chances are you already know a whole bunch of people that can help you get to where you want to be in the future.

8.) You have a sense of purpose in your current job

When your work is fulfilling, it gives you structure and peace of mind. It keeps you sharp in a manner that your emotions and mental state are positively influenced and balanced. If, however, you are unfulfilled in your current job or face challenges you don’t quite know how to deal with, have a chat with our friendly team. We team of trained professionals can help you overcome any obstacles that may arise in your current job.

9.) The problem might be you

You may have valid reasons to quit your job. But if it is a pattern then there is an underlying problem with you besides a bad boss or bad working conditions.

Every job has its own set of workplace challenges but that should not be reason enough to quit.

Are you currently facing challenges at work? Employment First Aid is a free service with the goal to help young people like you stay in work by giving them the necessary skills and tools that empower them to do their best work, communicate better and increase job satisfaction. We are here to listen and help you get more out of your job, and your life.

Chat with us on Messenger, send us an email or give us a call anytime, on 1800 118 008.

8 Signs Your Job Is Taking a Toll on You

Remember how excited you were about work when first starting out? It’s not uncommon for the excitement to wear off after some time. Maybe things have become a little mundane or uninspiring. Maybe you feel like you’re not growing anymore, because there isn’t anything new to learn. Or maybe you are facing some challenges at your workplace that make it difficult to keep up your motivation and enthusiasm?  

No matter the reason, don’t get caught up in all the motions of the workplace. Watch out for these eight signs that your job might be taking a toll on you and remember that being mentally, physically, and spiritually healthy is important for your job satisfaction and happiness at work.

#1. You Feel Sick to Your Stomach When It’s Time to Wake Up

It happens to the best of us; sometimes you just can’t muster the energy to wake up and head to work. But, if you’re too tired or sick to your stomach nearly every time you want to get out of bed for work, it is a different story. If you don’t do something, it can hurt your job satisfaction and overall happiness at work and even spill over into your personal life.

#2. You Are Bored Nearly All the Time at Work

It is natural for your job to get dull once in a while, but not every time. If boredom has become a norm in your work life, it’s time to rethink your job. Otherwise, you’ll start facing numerous workplace challenges.

#3. You Constantly Feel Worn Out

There’s nothing that can take a toll on your mental health quite like job burnout. It can happen to the best of us, but your health and overall well-being can take a beating from constant burnout at work. Exhaustion might be a sign of stress, which is one of the leading workplace challenges.

#4. You Get The Feeling That You Cannot Ever Win

Everyone should feel like a winner at work, at least once in a while. Sure, you might be facing several workplace challenges; however, it should be exhilarating. But, if you feel that you are constantly fighting a losing battle, you may want to review your career path or seek advice on how to revive your current job.

#5. You Hate Everyone At Work

It’s one thing to hate your job or not get along with someone in the office. When you start hating everyone at work, the company culture might be toxic, or the job has taken a toll on you. Either way, all the rage, and hatred can impact on your job satisfaction and productivity. It’s important to recognise this and come up with a plan to conquer these challenges.

#6. You Can’t Stand Your Boss

Ideally, your boss should be an inspiration to you. But, if you dislike everything about him or her, it is high time you reassess your career priorities. Sometimes, however, getting the right advice from someone outside the company can help turn things around. Employment First Aid is a free service where we can help you work on your mindset and communication skills to overcome these challenges at your workplace. Let’s have a chat!

#7. Your Relation/Family Is Falling Apart

Sometimes, workplace challenges can bleed into your relationships or friendships. Perhaps you have been putting more work hours in at your job at the expense of spending time with your family or partner. Getting the balance right can be tricky and sometimes requires some communication or negotiation skills. We can help you with his and even talk to your employer directly.

#8. Your Work Dedication is turning into Depression

Too much stress from work can have a negative impact on your mental health. Don’t let depression rob you of your happiness at work; get help as soon as possible.

Are you currently facing challenges at work? At Employment First Aid, we’ve made it our mission to help young people like you stay in work by giving them the necessary skills and tools to do their best work, communicate effectively and increase happiness at work.

We’d love to hear from you! Chat with us on Messenger, send us an email or give us a call anytime, on 1800 118 008.

7 Signs You Could Be Losing Your Job Tomorrow (And How to Prevent It)

Some people can sense when something bad is just about to happen at work. Here, something bad refers to losing the job. The reasons for this are wide ranging. For some, the workplace challenges seem too much to bear. However, the worst thing you can do is ignore when things are going a little awry.

Below are a few signs worth being on the lookout for when you start feeling anxious about going to work.

1. You Receive Several Bad Performance Reviews

A single negative evaluation should not set your alarm bells ringing. However, you have a reason for worrying if you get several of them within a short period of time. The situation worsens if the bad performance reviews follow warnings from your employer. Get clear about what exactly is expected from you in your job and be open about challenges you might be facing. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.

2. You’re Not Told What’s Happening

Employees who are still part of the group will always be told what’s happening or be involved in decision-making. It gets worse if the information the employer or your colleagues are keeping you away from is essential for your productivity. As a result, you might even feel excluded and not part of the team anymore. If so, it might be time to get professional advice from someone outside the company who can help you talk to your employer to resolve any underlying issues. Employment First Aid can help you do exactly that. It’s a free service and our team always has your best interest at heart. You can chat with us anytime, on Messenger, over the phone, or simply by sending us an email.

3. You’re Asked To Perform Miracles

No matter how gifted you are, it’s just not possible to perform certain tasks. Your employer knows it. You have every reason for getting jittery when you are constantly asked to do work akin to getting water out of a rock. You might be uncomfortable to speak up about this, ask for help when you need it or even decline doing certain tasks. Problems often arise when these issues aren’t communicated. If you feel overwhelmed or anxious at work because of this, have a chat with our friendly team. We can help you.

4. Your Relationship With Your Boss Is Worsening

Take a keen interest in the type of relationship you have with your employer. Watch out if the friendliness has gone out of the window to be replaced with sourness. Make an effort to find out why this is happening and try to mend the relationship where possible. Not everyone is comfortable to speak up about certain issues at work. But over time, keeping these negative experiences to yourself can result in unnecessary stress, anxiety and even depression. The good news is, you don’t have to go through this alone. At Employment First Aid we can help you through any challenges you are currently facing at work. It’s a free service, so get in touch with one of our consultants whenever you’re ready.

5. You Are No Longer Trusted With More Responsibilities

Has your employer stopped trusting you with certain responsibilities? Does your boss keep the highly valued and sensitive projects from you? This could indicate that your time at the company is about to end. This could not only mess with your job satisfaction, but result in you being jobless. We can work with you to prevent this from happening by giving you the necessary tools and tips to work through any challenges at work.

6. You Are Micromanaged

Be alert so you can notice when your superiors are micromanaging you. Alternatively, they may be ignoring you completely. Whatever the case, these aren’t good signs. The goal is to make you uncomfortable to a point where you feel justified to quit. But before you do, talk to us about how we might be able to help you. If you’d prefer to keep your job, rather than looking for a new one, give us a call. It’s free.

7. Praise is gone

Your boss may forget to praise you once or twice. When this becomes the norm, however, you have every reason for worrying. If praise ceases to come your way, even if you achieve great things, this can indicate a change in attitude towards you.

Your happiness at work is crucial. Do not give up and leave simply because you are no longer happy. Instead, do your part. Continue giving your all. Ask your employer, or the HR department, for a meeting to find out what’s happening. Ask them to tell you what to do to change the situation for the better.

Or contact Employment First Aid if you think you’re on the verge of losing your job! We’ve made it our mission to help young people like you stay in work by giving them the necessary skills and tools to do their best work, communicate effectively and increase happiness at work.

We’d love to hear from you! Chat with us on Messenger, send us an email or give us a call anytime on 1800 118 008.

7 Reasons You Hate Your Job (And How to Fix It)

Our society today has a proliferation of millenials who do not like their jobs. This might be due to workplace challenges or challenges in your personal life. Whichever the case, this probably means you are currently lacking job satisfaction and happiness at work.

The million dollar question is, why don’t you like your job? Here are a few reasons that might be true for you:

1. You Don’t Receive The Respect You Deserve

As an employee you are viewed as a production unit rather than as a valued collaborator which can cause a prevalent lack of respect for your person or the work you do. This can cause you to hate your job.

2. You’re Workplace Is Lacking The Tools & Equipment You Need To Do A Great Job

Workplace challenges exacerbated by the lack of the right tools and equipment can cause you to hate your job. Sometimes, you may even have asked for an upgrade or additional tools but never heard back. This can be pretty frustrating, too.

3. Your Personal Life Is Completely Disregarded

As an employee you might expect your employer to understand and respect the fact that you have obligations outside work. When your personal life is utterly disregarded, it is inevitable that you will not derive a significant level of happiness at work.

4. Your Supervisor Is A Tyrant

In many cases, you may find that your immediate supervisor is tyrant or maybe even lacks the proper qualification to be a supervisor. When this happens, there is bound to be a clash between you and your supervisor due to a breakdown in communication. Furthermore, a harsh supervisor can make your work even more difficult because they are unnecessarily oppressive.

5. You Have No Clear Path For The Future In Your Company

As an employee, your role in the organisation should be aligned to the larger company’s vision. However, this may not always be the case. You may be working in a company that has no idea of its future or has no clear plans for the future at all. Your confidence in the leadership wanes and in the end you begin to hate your job.

6. Workplace Politics Get In The Way

Every organisation has workplace challenges. Unfortunately, most of these challenges arise from differences between employees and unnecessary office politics. If you have fallen victim to such politics which hurt your image or motivation, a dislike for your job begins to creep in.

7. You Feel Underpaid and Overworked

Some companies have a problem when it comes to working overtime. Moreover, when a company has only a few employees, some employees have to do more jobs than they get paid for. You may have fallen victim to this kind of scenario. You are overworked yet underpaid. Clearly, how will you love such a job?

Workplace challenges that cause you to hate your job should not mean the end of your career. Be aware of what makes you tick and take steps to address those issues in order to regain your job satisfaction and happiness at work. If you have difficulty finding excitement in a job you once loved, there are ways to handle the situation. Truth is, all of the above circumstances are merely external factors. When we get unhappy, it’s easy to fall into the rap of blaming everything around us, rather than taking responsibility. By doing so, however, you are also giving away your power of finding fulfilment in your workplace. So, rather than blaming everything else, here are some things you can do instead to take matters into your own hands again and gain control over your happiness.

  • Resist spreading negativity. This will only result in more negativity.
  • Know it’s not just you. Everyone is trying to get by and live a fulfilled life. Practice compassion towards your co-workers.
  • Don’t just quit. It’s often when we face the biggest challenges in life that we make the biggest progress as individuals. You can find valuable lessons in every challenge you face. Quitting won’t help you grow and you will probably face the same problems again at a later stage or job.
  • Don’t hesitate to speak openly about any challenges you are facing in your job. If you feel like you can’t talk to anyone at work about them, know that you can get advice and mentorship from organisations like Employment First Aid.


Employment First Aid is a FREE service to help young people like you stay in work by giving you the necessary skills and tools you need to do your best work, communicate better and be happier at work. If you would like to learn more or even just want to have a chat about some challenges you’re facing at work, we’d love to hear from you! You can chat with us on Facebook Messenger, send us an email or simply give us a call anytime on 1800 118 008.

TED Talks Every Unhappy Employee Should Watch

6 TED Talks That EVERY Unhappy Employee Should Watch

It is inevitable to have unhappy employees in a company or, at some stage,  to become one of those unhappy employees. However, this should not trouble an employer or employee for long because there are ways to encourage and motivate such individuals. If you aren’t excited about going to work anymore, or worse, if the thought about going to work makes you feel anxious or depressed, it might be time for a little motivation.


Here are 6 TED Talks you definitely need to watch if you are lacking excitement at work.


1. Happiness inspires productivity by Shawn Achor

The core of his message is happiness. According to Shawn, our brains are 31% more productive when we are happy than when our brains are stressed or in a negative state. Happiness is a person’s advantage because when we are happy our intelligence, creativity and energy rises. Choosing happiness drastically decreases your chances of burnout, work-related anxiety and depression.  Your happiness is more beneficial to you than your employer. And ones your learn how to master your own happiness, nothing can stop you.


2. How to live before you die by Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs lived out this principle before he passed on. He was a college drop out before he decided to go back to college only to pursue the classes that interested him. He was able to follow his passion by learning calligraphy and eventually starting his own company, Apple. As an employee, choosing to live before you die, is a great principle to live by. This means exploring what makes you happy. Involve your employer in your journey of self-discovery and ask them to give you the freedom to exploit the aspects of your job that you really love. This way you will be able to rekindle your happiness at work.


3. The Puzzle of Motivation by Dan Pink

Sometimes, as an employee you may be unhappy because you expect more compensation for the work you do. Furthermore, you may feel as though you are not being appreciated enough. However, Dan Pink explains that the ‘carrot and stick’ method of motivation is much too basic. An increase in your salary or compensation does not necessarily mean improved productivity or increased happiness in the long-term. On the contrary, factors such as mastery and purpose are what increase motivation and your ultimate happiness at work.


4. What Makes Us Feel Good About Our Work by Dan Ariely

Your work as an employee does not need to be because of the money you receive at the end of the month. Having meaning, identity and pride in what you do is what keeps you going to your workplace every morning. Don’t look to your salary to make you happy about your job. Find meaning and purpose and happiness will find its way to you.


5. The Power of Time off by Stefan Sagmeister

It is interesting that Stefan Sagmeister takes a whole year off after seven years of work. Time to relax is as important as time to work. Sometimes, unhappiness is a result of overworking and not taking enough time for ourselves to recharge, reflect and re-evaluate where we want to go in life. This talk will motivate you to be more conscious about taking time off at work. The work will still be there when you get back.


6. Smash Fear, Learn Anything by Tim Ferriss

Frustrations due to workplace challenges can cause a great deal of unhappiness. It is important to understand the power of failure. When you are not afraid of being wrong, you have an array of possibilities. Don’t sweat the small stuff and let failure drag you down. Focus on the lessons and growth that come out of it and let these be your motivation to become better at what you do.

We hope that these TED Talks will remind you that you have the power to change your circumstances and create an environment at work that you will love to come back to day after day.

Employment First Aid is a FREE service to help young people like you stay in work by giving you the necessary skills and tools you need to do your best work, communicate better and be happier at work. If you would like to learn more or even just want to have a chat about some challenges you’re facing at work, we’d love to hear from you! You can chat with us on Facebook Messenger, send us an email or simply give us a call anytime on 1800 118 008.

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7 “Perspective Changing” Quotes To Get Motivated For Work

Not every work day can be met with unbridled enthusiasm. We all have moments when our mood lags far behind the “to do” list in front of us. In many cases, we can’t even identify the the root cause of our bad mood. It really could be anything — an annoying interaction from the previous day or a stressful commute. Ultimately, the “less than optimal” mood spells serious trouble for the day ahead. Especially at work, where not just a business but your co-workers rely on you.

Certain days demand that you get your head in the right place quickly. But how do you do that?

One of the best ways to get yourself out of a rud is to re-read and ponder a few all-time favorite quotes about work, career and inspiration. It can help to get “lost” in a couple of these and reinvent your day.

Here are 7 of our favourite “perspective changing” quotes do help you show up at work with the right attitude. (Please share your favorites, as well.) Hopefully, these will impact your work day for the better.


1. “Choose a job you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucis

"Choose a job you love and you'll never have to work a day in your life." ~ Confucius


2. “All things are difficult before they are easy.” – Thomas Fuller

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3. “Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” – Aristotle

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4. “The secret of getting ahead, is getting started.” – Mark Twain

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5. “Well done, is better than well said.” – Benjamin Franklin

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6. “Believe you can and you are halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt

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7. “When we no longer can change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” – Viktor E. Frankl

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Original article by Dr. Marla Gottschalk, an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist and coach.