Get to Work and Find Well Being
I think for far too many of us work is hell not well.
- We disengage.
- We experience drudgery.
- We burnout.
- We feel drained.
- We encounter toxic relationships.
- We lack the resources for the job.
- We live for the weekend but lack enthusiasm for much beyond napping when the weekend arrives.
The last thing we need is someone being motivational and inspiration and saying that we just need a little attitude adjustment and work will be great.
Now here is the tricky part. I believe work can make us well. Really? Really!
And much of it is simple even if it is not easy. I think it begins with experiencing work as an invitation to well-being. Like any invitation, we are free to decline it, we don’t have to go there. Yet, we need to realize the consequences to us, our co-workers, our customers, and our families when we fail to accept this invitation. Of course, here is the tricky part, no one sends you the invitation in a fancy card with gold embossed script saying you are invited to be well at work.
So if you have read this far, please accept this bland blog invitation to merely entertain the idea that work can make you well and join me over the next month or two and explore how we can find well-being right inside the work we do.
David Zinger is an employee engagement speaker and expert who is saddened by disengagement and the impact it has on individuals and families. David taught counselling psychology at the University of Manitoba for 25 years and was the employee assistance counsellor for Seagram Ltd. for 15 years. He founded and host the 6400 member Employee Engagement Network. He knows work from the inside out.