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.