There has been a significant shift in the understanding of how people work, founded on elements that are innately human; security, autonomy, belonging, achievement, status, and purpose. These six elements reflect how we tend to experience the world and what motivates us to do our best work. Informed by this understanding, renowned company Herman Miller has recently transformed workplaces to consider the arrangement of surroundings, furnishings, and tools that match the diverse needs of employees while delivering an elevated human experience of work.
A few weeks ago we published a post about compassion fatigue inspired by some research about the negative impacts of compassion fatigue on front-line health care workers.
As promised we will now be sharing some individual and workplace strategies to help prevent and combat compassion fatigue for individuals working in any field, industry or role.
On March 20th, 2016, thousands of people around the world took the pledge to support International Happiness Day. But, with stress-related absences on the rise in workplaces due to poor communication, unrealistic expectations, workplace conflict, and perceived fear of job loss, is it possible or realistic to expect employees to feel happy … at work? Positive psychology approaches would say yes! Although we may have good reasons not to be happy at work, we should aim to broaden our understanding of happiness so it is much more than just being in a good mood at any given moment (Huffington Post, n.d.). Rather, it is our ability to feel good and function effectively that expands this focus by connecting with others, having a sense of purpose in what we do, and accomplishing the things that matter to us (Huffington Post, n.d.).
Life is stressful. Although some stress is not a bad thing, experiencing too much stress can be damaging to your health. What are some ways you de-stress? Have you ever considered aromatherapy? Scientific evidence supports the use of aromatherapy as a "de-stressor" that can help your body experience lower levels of stress.
When we spend much of our waking time in the workplace, this raises the possibility that the conditions you experience at work can influence your mental health and well-being. Existing knowledge of workplace design suggests that the physical work environment has a substantial impact on everything from happiness and mood, to productivity and focus.
Waking up every morning to go to work is difficult for many of us, and not being a morning person doesn’t help either. Getting up everyday for a job you don’t like is even harder.
According to a survey carried out by Capital One, the majority of Canadians, some 69%, are very satisfied with their current place of employment and do not plan on leaving anytime soon (Wright, 2014). This number is quite high and reflects well on Canadian workplaces. That is not to say that all of the remaining 31% absolutely hate their job and want to quit immediately. However, there may be a small (but nonetheless important) percentage of employees out there who are experiencing extremely low job satisfaction and are thinking about leaving their job or career as a solution to their current dissatisfaction.