Alexander Kjerulf calls himself
the Chief Happiness Officer. He advises people on how to be happy at work.  

The other day Alexander wrote
that liking
your job isn’t good enough
. You
should love your job. He backed up his
assertion with facts and figures about environment, productivity, and

One of his readers asked:
“What advice do you have for those who want to improve things and are
consistently met with opposition?”

Since most people that
want change
are met with opposition
, this is a great question! 

I would advise this reader
to identify the relatively easy or isolated things that he could do on his own
that could have a tangible positive impact on the business. He should then just do them – even if they
aren’t the things HE really wants to do first.

He’ll need credibility to
get support for more involved plans and results speak louder than aspirations. 

If he has already
exhausted the changes he can make individually, he’s going to need support. He needs to find an advocate or partner –
preferably one with enough organizational “clout” to remove obstacles.

Another option is a
“lateral” equivalent with whom he can partner to change something across groups
within the company (under the radar at first – until he can show some results).  

If he can’t get things to
move at a satisfying pace, he needs to decide whether his job requirements are compatible
with his organization’s culture.

Sometimes moving on is the
only option.  

But be careful in deciding
where to go.

Just like some of us are repeatedly
attracted to individuals that “are no good for us”, we can also be continually attracted
to cultures in which we do not fit.  

What do you think he
should do?