“Why do you do what you do?”
I recently started pondering this question after updating my CRBOH and ABIH certification worksheets. Later, when I came across the Gallup Organization’s latest publication, “Well Being” by Tom Rath and Jim Harter, the question again came to mind. While the authors list social, financial, physical and community well-being as key areas where there must be alignment and balance, I was struck by the importance of career well-being in this mix.
“Do you like what you do each day?”
Their research shows that people who genuinely love their work are more than twice as likely to be thriving in their lives overall. Career downturns also are significant. In fact, unemployment may be the only major live event from which people — especially males– do not fully recover within five years. In addition to the income loss, the lack of social contact and daily mental stimulation may be even more detrimental to our well-being. Research has revealed that people say the worst time of day is the time they spend with their boss. How sad. The authors remind us that when we look for a new job we should be as concerned about who our manager will be as we are with job title, benefits, company reputation and even pay.
With so much riding on our “career well-being” what should we be doing better as employees and leaders to create work environments that stimulate, excite and satisfy? How can we seize control of our career paths to minimize major hits to our well-being? We can all learn from your thoughts and experiences. Thanks for sharing!