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

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

Although career well-being is one of the most vital areas of the five pillars, only 7 percent of us can answer “yes” to that question. For Millennials, it’s even lower at 5 percent. Does that surprise you?

When you consider the impact career well-being has on your overall well-being, that is a sad and shocking statistic. The data says no matter what your career choice, everyone needs to have something to look forward to each day. If you do the 9-to-5, but feel your true purpose is in providing a safe and healthy for your family, you can still feel fulfilled and at peace if you understand that you are tending to your values... your job makes possible something that is important to you.

If that doesn't help, think about what it was about your job that spoke to you when you took it. Can you reconnect with that? Maybe you have 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 current interests?

And don’t forget to look for fulfillment in your personal life. We’ve all heard the saying, "if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life" but that might not be a reality for most. That’s why it  is 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.

Author, Lori Deschane

Is there something you wish you could be paid to do? What is your purpose or passion? 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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