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happy-workersWith Thanksgiving nearly upon us, what are employees most thankful for? At work, as in life, people get by with a little help from their friends, a new OfficeTeam survey shows. When asked recently what they are most thankful for in their jobs, aside from a paycheck, nearly one-quarter (24%) of office professionals said friendly co-workers. One in five (20%) respondents most appreciate a good benefits program.

“Many full-time workers spend more than half of their waking hours at the office, so having friendly colleagues can make all the difference when it comes to job satisfaction,” said Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam. “While you can’t always control who you work with, employees do have a say in other aspects of their job that can improve their overall happiness.”

OfficeTeam highlights five small shifts professionals can make to be happier at work:

  1. Socialize with co-workers. Participate in activities like team lunches or birthday celebrations. Getting to know colleagues builds camaraderie and makes working together more fun and productive.
  2. Step away from the desk. Clear your mind by taking short walks or, weather permitting, enjoying lunch outdoors. Use allotted vacation days so you get adequate time away from work.
  3. Explore flexible scheduling options. Find out if your employer supports alternative work arrangements. You may be able to reduce your commute by working from home on certain days or modifying your hours.
  4. Take advantage of perks. Make use of benefits beyond health insurance and vacation time, such as on-site exercise facilities, discount programs or dry cleaning services.
  5. Set goals and meet them. Work toward career objectives by volunteering for stretch assignments outside your normal responsibilities. Build new skills through professional development programs.