Career Wellness: Myth or Reality
The workplace is undergoing a major transformation – your workplace is changing!
The workplace is being reshaped and redefined by a multigenerational workforce and an evolving mindset that prioritizes life before work, strengths before weaknesses, development before satisfaction and ongoing conversations before annual reviews.
Changes that are affecting organizations today are coming fast and furious. They are overlapping and colliding in ways they have not before. New and emerging technologies are transforming the way work gets done and where work gets done. Competition is fierce, and organizations have a pressing need to become more agile and collaborative. Underlying all of this is you thinking about what your job should and should not be.
All these changes are affecting you directly and daily, having the potential to alter your career wellness profoundly.
What is career wellness?
Personal satisfaction and enrichment in your life through work, seeking opportunities to grow professionally and to be fulfilled in your career whatever that may be, preparing and making use of your gifts, skills, and talents to gain purpose, happiness, and enrichment in your life.
Why is career wellness important?
Career wellness provides you with:
- the ability to do what you do best
- greater work-life balance and better personal well-being
- greater stability and job security
- improved performance and potential opportunities for promotion or increase in income
- a good feeling at the end of the day about the work your accomplished
- energy, inspiration and healthy challenges to increase your intellectual wellness
What does career wellness look like?
You experience career wellness if you answer “often” or “almost always” to the following:
- Your work reflects your personal values
- You have ample opportunities to make meaningful contributions
- You get personal satisfaction from your work
- You have a healthy balance between your work time and leisure time
- Your talents and skills are well used
- You enjoy what you are doing
- You are developed or promoted within your organization
- You are productive at work
- Your work contributes positively to your overall well-being
- You are happy with the amount of control you have
How can you improve your career wellness?
- The first and most important action is to set professional goals
- Seek out mentors to learn from our act as sounding boards
- Increase your knowledge and skills to accomplish your goals
- Create connections with your co-workers
- Reach out to a professional coach
How can a professional coach help you with your career wellness?
- Help you to identity drivers and barriers in your career wellness.
- Help you to identify your signature strengths. The strengths that best describe the positive aspects of who you are. These strengths are strong capacities in you and they are engaging, energizing, and comfortable for you to use. Finding ways to use and express these signature strengths is likely to bring you many benefits, and can help you create your best career wellness.
- Help you to identify your core values. After you establish what is really important to you, it is easier to gain focus on the direction you want your career to take. Values help you manage your time by guiding your decisions. Values help you determine what is really worthwhile to focus your time and energy on and what things you can say “no” to. Your personal values help you to prioritize tasks, create to-do lists and organize your time.
- Help you to articulate your professional goals and action plan in alignment with your signature strengths and your core values.
- Encourage you to concentrate and focus on the highest return actions.
- Provide you with direct and immediate feedback to encourage you to follow the journey best suited for you.
- Support you to find a sense of personal control over your situation and actions.
- Guide you to update your resume to the latest standard desired by recruiters if you decide an alternative career path may be more meaningful to you.
- Help you to establish a LinkedIn profile and position yourself effectively (about 95 percent of recruiters utilize LinkedIn as a major sourcing tool to find candidates to present to their client companies seeking top-tier talent).
- Help you to prepare and test drive interviews for success.
- Hold you accountable throughout the coaching process.
Whether you acknowledge it or not, work takes up a significant amount of time in your life and is one of the key drivers for of wellness. As a result, it is important to maximize your career wellness.