According to USA Today (9/16/14), the USA ranks 12th for “subjective well-being” in a Gallup/Healthways poll conducted in 2013. The article shares that the Well-Being Index “looks at how people feel about five facets of their lives:
- Sense of purpose
- Social connections
- Physical vigor”
You probably won’t be surprised that external circumstances aren’t always drivers of well-being. The report says “in some cases…results suggest a mismatch between perceptions and reality.”
So my question to you today is what’s your Work Well-Being Index? The categories listed above seem to fit perfectly into a workplace assessment. Are you creating Professional Paradise, Prison or Parole each day at work? Are your perceptions creating your reality or visa versa?
Take a quick assessment right now by thinking about the answers to these questions and let me know what you find.
- Sense of Purpose
What is your purpose?
How is it aligned with your organization’s purpose?
What parts of your job connect you to purpose?
- Social Connections
Who are your best buddies at work?
How do they contribute or detract from your well-being?
How are you contributing or detracting from theirs?
What kind of community exists in your workplace?
What are you doing to positively contribute to the community?
What stories shape the community over time? Are they true?
How does your paycheck contribute to your well-being?
What other forms of “payment” do you get from work besides your salary?
If money weren’t involved, would you still do your job?
- Physical Vigor
What parts of your job are energy boosters?
What parts are energy busters?
What are you doing outside of work to contribute to your energy at work?
Of course there are no right or wrong answers. Just a chance to think about your own Work Well-Being and what you’d like to do about it. And in case you are wondering…Panama is #1.
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