Wellness is a broad term. However, its far-reaching nature can shed light on our decisions and help us find contentment in every aspect of our day. When we take the time to consciously strengthen wellness in certain areas of our lives, we’ll feel improvement in our overall happiness throughout our days and years.
In last month’s blog post, we reviewed the five essential elements of well-being according to Gallup researchers Tom Rath and Jim Hartner. They found that in over 150 countries, participants shared five common elements of well-being: career, social, financial, physical, and community. When properly developed, these five areas of wellness work together to create fulfillment in health and home-life for individuals.
This month, we’re going to focus in on the first and most important of the five elements Rath and Hartner highlighted: career well-being.
Career well-being, simply put, is how much you like what you do each day. It may seem obvious, but enjoying what you do at work, day in and day out, is essential in finding health and wellness in the workplace and beyond.
You spend the majority of your day (and your week) either in the office or at a computer working. It comes as no surprise, then, that finding a sense of gratification in the work that you do is crucial for feeling fulfilled in your overall life.
Brian Willet, creator of Self Development Addict, notes that people who master career well-being in their life are more than twice as likely to thrive in their overall lives. They’ll also experience better health over the years due to decreased levels of work-related stress.
Sounds good, doesn’t it? So, what does career well-being look like in everyday life, and how can you achieve it?
People who practice career well-being wake up every morning with something to look forward to. They’re likely in a job where they have the opportunity to use their strengths in the workplace in ways that actually interest them. They have a deep sense of purpose and a clear plan in place to attain future career goals.
In most cases, those who experience career well-being have a leader who motivates them and makes them enthusiastic about the future. They’ll also have like-minded coworkers who share their passion, and they work together effectively in teams.
Contrary to common belief, career well-being doesn’t mean that you spend too much time working, or ignoring relationships and other important life aspects. Rather, research suggests that those who prioritize career well-being actually take more time to enjoy life, and they don’t take things for granted. As a result, those who prioritize career well-being also experience happiness outside of the office with family, friends, and other in their community.
Those who practice career well-being love the work they do everyday, so they can experience well-being in the other four elements of life: social, financial, physical, and community.
Career well-being sounds pretty great, doesn’t it? The sooner you take active steps towards achieving Career well-being, the sooner you’ll unleash the many benefits that come along with it. Here are some practical actions you can take today in order to move towards well-being in your career.
The first step in working toward career well-being is finding a job in which you’re tapping into your natural strengths. Your strengths are unique; they’re what make you valuable in the workplace. Therefore, it’s important to be in a job that not only exercises your strengths, but also encourages you to capitalize on them.
Using your talents every day will not only show in the work you produce; it’ll show in your mood as well. Research shows that people who use their strengths at work are happier in their jobs and more satisfied with the work they do.
Unfortunately, not everyone is currently in a career in which they use their strengths everyday. In fact, only 17% of professionals believe they are in a job that lets them use all their strengths.
If this sounds like you, you’re not alone! You can still find well-being in your career. Do what you can to go about completing your work tasks in ways that utilize your strengths. Or, ask your supervisor if they would put you on new projects that you think better fit your assets. If taking these steps still doesn’t make a difference in your current job, then perhaps a slight change in career is what you need in order to achieve career well-being.
This is an extremely important factor in career well-being that we often often overlook. Many people believe mentors are only useful for college students and those hunting for a new job. However, having a professional mentor in your life can help you form and achieve career goals — a vital part of career well-being. If you don’t currently have a mentor, don’t worry! They’re easier to find than you may think once you clarify what you want from the relationship.
Think of a few superiors who have already achieved some of your long-term career goals. They don’t necessarily need to work for the same company as you; in fact, an outside perspective might be ideal for offering you advice in the face of conflict. When choosing a mentor, be sure it’s someone you respect professionally and that you feel comfortable being around.
Once you have someone in mind, set up a meeting with them and ask them to be your mentor. It’s important to be transparent with your mentor so that they understand what you expect from them, and they can then establish what they expect from you.
The final step you can take toward achieving career well-being is taking time to have more social interaction with your coworkers. The more you get to know the people you work with, the easier it is to form friendships and professional relationships.
Each of your coworkers has his or her own strengths and weaknesses. When you take the time to learn those, you’ll work in teams more effectively and have a better understanding of who you can go to with various tasks and questions.
If that’s not great enough, making time for social interaction at work will also make the day more enjoyable! Make an effort to eat lunch with a different group of people each day. Once you feel more comfortable with certain individuals, offer to take them out to lunch, or ask them if they’d like to hang out outside of the office. Small efforts like this will make all the difference in finding well-being in your career.
Achieving happiness in your career isn’t as far off as it may seem, which means that work doesn’t have to be something you dread each day! Mastering the art of career well-being will make the way for leading a happy, healthy life. By making a conscious effort toward changing the way you work, you can find well-being in your career and life for years to come!
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