Occupational Wellness

Occupational Wellness is the ability to get personal fulfillment from our jobs or our chosen career fields while still maintaining balance in our lives. Our desire to contribute in our careers to make a positive impact on the organizations we work in and to society as a whole leads to Occupational Wellness.

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What do the Categories Mean?

  • Satisfied with Career
    • Do I enjoy going to work most days?  Are you satisfied with your career path?
  • Engaged with Daily Activities
    • Do you feel engaged by your work and career?  Do you feel enriched by the work you do?
  • Balanced Work and Life 
    • Do I have a good balance between work, play, family, and fun?
  • Manageable Workload
    • Do I have a manageable workload at work?  Do I have the tools to complete my work?
  • Motivational Level
    • Do I wake up in the morning excited for the tasks ahead?  Do I love learning what I need to do my work? 
  • Inspired and Challenged
    •  Do you feel appreciated for your work? 
  • Ability to Communicate with Teammates and those in Charge
    •   Do I feel that I can talk to my boss and co-workers with problems arise?
  • Fairly Compensated
    • Am I making the money that I need? Am I making a salary that is fair and equitable to the work that I do?

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Satisfied with Career

The central components of job satisfaction are both in your attitude and expectations: approaching your work with a positive attitude and with a balance of realistic and high expectations. Career satisfaction is also a factor of intrinsic satisfaction (the type of work you do) and extrinsic satisfaction (your work conditions, including pay, environment and coworkers.).

  • Have a good understanding of your personality traits and your preferred style of working;
  • Be aware of your attitude and expectations;
  • Know yourself, your strengths and weaknesses; and
  • If you are unsatisfied, consider a different job or career path.

Engaged with Daily Activities

Being engaged in all aspects of your life, whether it is in relationships or in your career, contributes to your overall wellness. Engagement is considered a key component to happiness in the workplace and can be always be improved upon.

  • Set realistic career goals for yourself and constantly work towards accomplishing theoe goals;
  • Ask to be involved with new tasks;
  • Focus on the present and don’t dwell on setbacks; and
  • Accept that daily “mistakes” are simple opportunities to learn.

Balanced Work and Life 

Balancing work and life can be difficult, but it is essential to maintaining your overall wellness. When you focus too much on one at the expense of the other, you risk putting your whole system in distress. Striking a balance takes energy and time, but it is well worth both.

  • Being out of balance can have significant impacts on all aspects of your life.  It is important to have harmony between your working and home life, whether you have a family at home or not.
  • Make sure to take time out for self-care;
  • Set healthy boundaries (The best way to determine if your boundaries are healthy is to ask yourself, “Am I living someone else’s definition of life and success, or my own?”);
  • Build time into your schedule to do things that you love; and
  • Establish working and non-working hours and stick to them.

Manageable Workload

Managing your workload can create anxiety and stress. However, properly managing your workload can make your job more rewarding and enjoyable, leading to greater productivity and happiness in the workplace.

  • Create detailed action plans to help you from getting overwhelmed;
  • Learn how to delegate when needed;
  • Set clear boundaries to avoid being overburdened at work;
  • Look for ways to increase efficiency in work you are doing; and
  • Maintain focus and dedication so that the momentum can help carry you through projects.

Motivational Level

Your motivational level in your career affects your overall productivity and success. Restructuring your work environmental and behaviors can encourage more productive, motivational, and positive behaviors.

  • Share your vision and goals with others so that they can be involved and help carry you through the down times and keep you accountable;
  • Identify the areas of work where you excel and focus energy and effort at these areas;
  • Change the way you work by identifying the enjoyable aspects  of your job and spending more time and energy on them; and
  • The more you look for the benefits of what you’re doing in your job, the more it feeds you psychologically.

Inspired and Challenged

Your attitude plays a significant role in how you perceive your job and career path. Making a change to a positive attitude is an involved and complex process that requires a lot of work and commitment. However, challenging yourself and finding inspiration in your work and surroundings will lead to great changes in perspective and satisfaction.

  • Step outside your perceived skills boundaries and work on new projects;
  • Find a career mentor and meet regularly;
  • Find new ways to challenge yourself;
  • Teach yourself a new skill;
  • Start or take on a project that uses skills you would like to use, or want to improve;
  • Ask for new responsibilities;
  • Find variety in your work;
  • Commit to professional development – take courses, read books or trade magazines and attend seminars;
  • Ask to be moved to a new assignment or department requiring the same skills; and
  • Find a sense of purpose in the things you do.

Ability to Communicate with Teammates and those in Charge

Positive and effective verbal and nonverbal communication skills are valuable in the workplace and crucial to creating a productive and healthy work environment.

  • old a walk and talk meeting;
  • Practice open communication and proper conflict management with your colleagues;
  • Advocated for regular meetings and debriefings; and
  • Take time to build relationships with co-workers.

Fairly Compensated

Being fairly compensated in comparison with your coworkers and with similar jobs in your geographic area are contribute to your overall productivity and happiness. Though difficult at times, it is to your advantage to ensure that you advocate for being fairly compensated for your skills, knowledge and position.

  • Advocated for yourself if you believe you are undercompensated and undervalued; and
  • Look for promotion and career development opportunities.