Occupational Well-being

April 11, 2016

By Jason Horay, MS, ATC, CHES

Occupational well-being is the ability to get personal fulfillment from your job while maintaining balance in your life. The desire to contribute in our careers, and to make a positive impact on the organizations we work in, and to society as a whole, leads to occupational well-being.

It is important for your overall well-being to do what you love and to love what you do. When you are doing what you are meant to do, you deepen you sense of meaning and purpose.

Choice of profession, job satisfaction, career ambitions, and personal performance are all important components of your path’s terrain.  I chose a career in health promotion because I recognized the personal satisfaction and enrichment felt when working with clients on individual behavior change and creating an overall culture of health at client medical practices.

While traveling on the path toward occupational well-being, I’ve been able to contribute my unique gifts, skills, and talents to my work that are both personally meaningful and rewarding.

I encourage you to ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do I enjoy going to work most days?
  • Do I have a manageable workload at work?
  • Do I feel that I can talk to my boss and co-workers when problems arise?

If you answered “no” to any of these questions, it may indicate an area where you need to improve the state of your occupational well-being.  Below are some additional examples of how to enhance your occupational well-being throughout the day:

At Work

  • Attend conferences to refine your skills
  • Expand your task set
  • Enhance your work/life balance
  • Seek out career counseling/coaching
  • Connect your purpose with your career
  • Create connections with your co-workers
  • Participate in continuing education online

In the Community

  • Attend classes at a community college
  • Volunteer
  • Attend professional networking groups

With Your Family

  • Seek work/life balance and boundaries
  • Create a separate, dedicated space to work at home
  • Turn off all notifications and devices when at home
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