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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Well Being: Post #2

Career Wellbeing. We spend most of our time at work. Thus, the authors ask the question, “Do you like what you do every day?” Then, they note that in their surveys only 20% of workers answer “yes.” So, most of the country is engaged in much less than productive work! The outcomes in terms of engagement, productivity, and health are staggering. In fact, the authors argue that Career Wellbeing is a more influential factor to overall wellbeing than the other four. Their comparison of how much more impactful sustained unemployment is than even the death of a spouse knocked me over. And their charts of what an engaged worker’s happiness looks like, versus a low engaged and unhappy worker’s, was eye-opening. I predict that the connection with health and job happiness/satisfaction will send some people out looking for new jobs! And when you see the effect a bad, neglectful, or toxic boss can have on just about anything and anybody—faggedaboutit, as Tony Soprano might say. The authors offer several good ideas for boosting Career Wellbeing. Here’s one: Identify someone with a shared mission who encourages your growth. Spend time with this person.

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