Are you happy at work? Time to make career goals part of your New Year’s resolutions.

With the new year on the horizon, now is the time to relax and recharge, spend time with your loved ones, and maybe start thinking about your career goals for 2019.

The average American spends 90,000 hours at work over their lifetime. That’s 1/3 of your life or 50% of your waking hours spent in the company of your co-workers (Pryce-Jones, 2010). When you think about your work life in these terms, it makes sense that you’d include career goals as part of your New Year’s resolutions.

What should your goals be? Research shows that people who feel more engaged and appreciated at work report feeling happier in general. These happy worker bees have a few things in common including a meaningful vision for their future, a sense of purpose, and great relationships (McKee, 2016).

Lucky for you, as a benefits-eligible MSU employee you have access to a variety of personal and professional development courses that can help you identify growth areas and build roadmaps for a more purposeful future. We recommend using some (or all!) of the following courses to help you reach your career goals and ultimately become happier at work.

Highlight of 2019 Professional Development Courses:

Chances are, you could use a little focus in your life. Between emails, text messages, phone calls, meetings, social media, family, and co-workers all demanding your attention, it can be hard to clear away the distractions and zero in on the work that needs to get done. We recommend taking the course From Distracted to Productive to learn “game plan” ideas for getting and keeping your distractors under control.

Once you’ve become more productive at work, how do you sustain those high results? You must have a significant amount of emotional resiliency as you navigate the challenges inherent in your day-to-day life. The course Sustainable High Performance teaches you how to increase your capacity for calm, creative responses to a wide variety of problems and operate from a high-quality state of mind.

And career goals would ultimately be meaningless if you didn’t create them with a bit of introspection. The Everything DiSC: Behavior Styles at Work course helps you understand yourself and how you relate to other people – including your co-workers. While the Identify and Maximize Your Strengths course shows you what makes you unique and helps identify your natural talents.

Ready to Sign-Up?

Find all the current professional development courses on the HR website. Register for the courses through the EBS Portal. After you log in, click the My Career and Training tab and then click the Courses for Employees at MSU tile.

McKee, Annie. “Being Happy at Work Matters.” Harvard Business Review, 26 Oct. 2016,

Pryce-Jones, Jessica. Happiness at Work: Maximizing Your Psychological Capital for Success. John Wiley & Sons, 2010.

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