Career Wellness: Is Your Job Helping Your Well-Being?

Career Wellness: Is Your Job Helping Your Well-Being?

Let’s start with a question: Do you like what you do each day?

Career well-being is one of the most vital areas of the five pillars; but, according to Gallup polls, only 20 7 percent of us can answer “yes” to that question. For Millennials, it’s even lower at 5 percent. Does that surprise you? Off the top of your head, whom do you know who loves what they do?

It’s a shocking statistic when you consider the impact career well-being has on your overall well-being. The data says everyone needs to have something to look forward to each day, whether that is spending the day as a stay-at-home mom, a volunteer, retiree or the standard 9-to-5. If you do the 9-to-5, but feel your true purpose is in providing a safe, healthy, happy home for your family, you can still feel fulfilled and at peace because you are tending to your values. Your job makes possible something that is important to you.

Was there something in the job that spoke to you when you took it? Have you forgotten, or perhaps, has the job changed? Can you explore ways, perhaps in a conversation with your supervisor, to make it more in line with your interests?

While you’re at it, don’t forget to look for fulfillment in your personal life. We’ve all heard the saying about if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life! The reality can be that just it may not happen that way for a lot of people. That’s why it’s so important to find our passions and purpose inside and outside the J-O-B.

Work for a cause

Not for applause.

Live life to express

Not to impress

Lori Deschane, author

Do you have something you are truly passionate about, and wish that you could get paid to do it? What is it? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Rath, Tom, and Jim Harter, Ph.D. "The Five Essential Elements of Wellbeing." Gallup Business Journal (2010): n. pag. Gallup. Web. 5 June 2017.

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