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Occupational Wellness – The Unstable Dimension

“Occupational hazard, occupational analysis, occupational benefits are common phrases but what is occupational wellness?” This is a common question. Before addressing this question, let’s first understand this.

Occupation is an extremely important word in one’s life. We are born, get educated and then get engaged in an occupation with the help of which we earn money that is necessary to live in this material world.

Unfortunately, money usually becomes the sole objective of getting into an occupation for majority of us. In the quest to quench the insatiable thirst for more money, most of us have stopped focusing on the non-material aspects of occupation – satisfaction, happiness, inter-personal relationships, loyalty, etc.

In short, while your occupation may provide you enough money to make a comfortable living you may not be in the best of state of occupational wellness. This dynamic dimension is also unique in the way that it has a direct impact on the other wellness dimensions. A bad state of occupational wellness adversely impacts physical, emotional, financial and social wellness.

The Usually Ignored Dimension

It is a fact that often people do not give much attention to their occupational wellness. Just that they are getting paid well, they continue in a job despite being unhappy and dissatisfied with the environs that prevail at the workplace or with the role & responsibilities that they have to perform as part of the job description. This contributes to an ever-deteriorating overall wellness. Lack of interest in the job, stress of having to do something that you do not want to, constant pressure from superiors have the potential of negatively affecting your physical self in the long run.

Occupational Wellness depends upon your ability to seek a career/job that:

  • you find interesting and you enjoy doing it;
  • gives a meaning to your demeanor and actions;
  • provides you with appropriate earnings;
  • helps you in establishing cordial and amicable inter-personal relationships;
  • provides a balance between your work and leisure;
  • allows you to draw a distinct differentiation between work and family time with no overlaps; and
  • gives you an opportunity to contribute towards the society, which you are a part of.

If your career provides you satisfaction on all these counts, you are in a good state of occupational wellness. It is, therefore, imperative to give a careful thought to some impotant aspects before selecting a career path you should embark upon.

Choosing a Career – Points to Ponder

Before you embark upon your career journey, it is important that you spend some time and effort to prepare yourself for such an important decision in your life. Explore options to find a career path that can provide you with personal satisfaction, interests your senses, can give you enjoyment and allows you to contribute to the society. Here is a list of considerations you need to make:

  • Explore your Qualities, talents, hobbies and interests and assess your strengths & weaknesses;
  • Think about what do you want to do in your life. Which direction do you wish to take your life in future;
  • What is it that motivates you and what upsets you
  • Which occupations do you find interesting;
  • Consider of you are a team player or better at working alone. If a team player then are you better off leading or are you a follower;
  • Are you a risk taker or do you prefer following a preset well-treaded path;
  • Check upon alternative options, too. Would come in handy in case factors beyond your control take you away from your first option

The Ever-changing Dynamic Environment

Unlike many other wellness dimensions, Occupational Wellness is highly dynamic and is often affected by external factors to the extent of 100%, too. Occupation, job, professional success varies with the changes that take place in the economic environment which can change frequently and unpredictably.A political decision, an act of war or social/civil unrest, a natural calamity or any other cause holds the potential to derail your career plans and in such cases, all you can do is prepare yourself mentally & physically to deal with an unexpected situation and bring back your disturbed wellness to normalcy.

It is extremely important to keep workplace stress away in difficult or adverse conditions, deal with people and situations with a positive frame of mind and send out good vibes in order to calm the senses of your own self and others around you. A calm and stress free work environment will always help in placing you in a positive state of occupational wellness.


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6 thoughts on “Occupational”

  1. This is a topic that I think 99% of people can relate to, very few people actually find a job that they absolutely love to do on a day to day basis. It is obviously important to not hate your job, but there are many other things that factor in to whether or not you have a good job.

    I personally have a very flexible job and even though the work I do daily isn’t super exciting it provides me a lot of freedom. Given this I have a hard time determining if I’d rather stick with my current job or find something more challenging that might require a lot more hours.

    Do you have any thoughts on how to balance balance work/life balance vs. challenge/enjoyment of the actual job?

    1. Hi Craig, thanks for writing. To my mind, enjoying or disliking one’s job really depends upon what priorities have you set up for yourself and what is the objective that you are looking to achieve from your job. Freedom of thought and actions could be yours. These objectives change with time.

      I am a bit unclear about your question. As I understand, challenges can be daunting and build stress, worry, fear of failure like negative emotions if you try to avoid them or run away from them. If, however, you love what you do, meeting and conquering challenges can become enjoyable and even failures will give you some learning for future.


  2. Very interesting article. I have never heard occupational wellness spoken in such detail. This is something I speak to my children about as much as I can so they don’t feel forced or rushed into a career. I want them to think about it because working in a job that isn’t satisfying is no good for them or others. I never had a term for it or as much info and I thank you for this post.

    1. Thank you Melissa. I feel happy that you see value in my effort in highlighting this often overlooked dimension of wellness.

  3. Thanks for bringing more attention to this important issue. I agree that this area of wellness is too often overlooked, even though it profoundly impacts every other part of our lives. Although my job is a great ‘fit’ for me now, it wasn’t my first choice. I had to learn the hard way that money doesn’t mean so much when what you do to earn it makes you miserable! As such, I think it would be great if articles like yours were required reading for students. It could really save them some frustration down the line!

    1. Thank you DeeDee! I am glad that you understand the importance of occupational wellness and have worked your way towards improving it. Thanks for the encouraging words, too.

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