Happy @ Work by Jim Donovan is a book everyone who has a job should read, not just those who are unhappy. Of course, it will definitely help those who hate their job, or just aren’t happy about it. However, everyone can benefit from reading this book!
“Even in a tight economy, job satisfaction isn’t a luxury; fulfilled, happy employees are productive, innovative, and loyal. And workplace fulfillment spills over into happier families and better communities. Jim Donovan, a small-business owner, consultant, and speaker, has worked with employees and employers for twenty-five years. In that time he has tested and honed these shift-producing strategies on everything from managing time, making decisions, and marking milestones to breaking patterns, bouncing back, and becoming exceptional. Each tip’s method and rationale are clearly explained. Real workplace vignettes demonstrate the benefits and results that can be gleaned from simple shifts and actions. These tools will empower you with the knowledge that no matter the circumstance, you can think, act, and feel in ways that create purpose, success, and, yes, happiness.” – Happy @ Work
Happy @ Work is filled with good tips and stories that can help you to be happier at work, and also your life outside of work. This book is meant to be read one (small) chapter at a time, or per day. You can start at the first one and go through it that way, or just open it up and read where you landed. Either way you want to go about it, I’d suggest marking the ones that resonate more with you, that way you can come back to those again and get the motivation you need, and of course, be happier.
The biggest thing for me that Donovan discusses is how to deal with difficult people, and those who gossip. He offers sound advice and whatever it is that you are dealing with at work that is making you unhappy, he probably has quite a few tips to help you enjoy your time spent at work more. I definitely recommend it!
* Thank you to the publisher of Happy @ Work, New World Library, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.