Friday, April 8, 2011

Are You Getting Career Well-Being?

Career well-being

Well-being is more than just about happiness; it is also about satisfaction, comfort, and health. What is the level of your career well-being?

1.       Are you doing what you like: Are you a square peg in a round hole or your job is what you enjoy doing?  Career well-being is doing a job that you are interested in and good at.

2.       Are you contributing: Do you find your job meaningful? Do you think what you do is important for the well-being of the establishment? It is essential to create value for what you do.

3.       Are you learning continuously: Continuous learning is a way to keep yourself updated and be aware of changes that are taking place around you.  Getting new knowledge and acquiring more skills are the way to sustain career growth.

4.       Are you working in a healthy environment: Is your office in a cubicle with four-wall around you?  You will be happier if you are sitting beside a window.  A pot of plants on your desk is also an effective way to uplift your mood. A conducive working environment such as fewer distractions, a well-lit office and a tidy workstation are all contributing to your career well-being.

5.       Are you being rewarded according to your performance: Do you think you are underpaid? It is time to do your homework and present your case to justify your request for a raise from your boss. When you want something you ask for it. Perhaps your boss is busy working and has overlooked this matter.  Career well-being is also about being appropriately rewarded.

6.       Are you getting career advancement: Are there rooms at the top for you to advance your career? You do not want to be stagnant in the same old position for long. Getting promoted is making progress and meeting new challenges which are a part of career growth.       

7.       Are you a trusted brand: Trust is an important factor. You must be competent in the field of your expertise to deliver what is expected of you in a timely fashion. Trust can only be earned, be committed to honor your promises. Satisfaction is knowing that you are a person that can be depended on. 

8.       Are you creative: Creativity differentiates yourself from others. You are able to get things done in your unique way in less time and no less thoroughly. Happiness is getting ahead and staying ahead in your career path.   

9.       Are you getting along with others well: Be interested in the people around you. Offer help whenever possible. It is easier to be interested in others than to get others to be interested in you. What you do will be appreciated and be noticed. You will then be able to get things done through others easily. Career satisfaction is working hand in hand with others to achieve the goals of the company.   

To find a career to which you are adapted by nature, and then to work hard at it, is about as near to a formula for success and happiness as the world provides. One of the fortunate aspects of this formula is that, granted the right career has been found, the hard work takes care of itself. Then hard work is not hard work at all. ~ Mark Sullivan

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