(Thrive Global) Put simply, Career Wellbeing is how you feel about your job today, your career prospects tomorrow and how your work is helping you achieve what you want out of life. Career Wellbeing isn’t just about how we feel about work, research from Gallup has found it has a huge impact across our lives.
“People with high Career Wellbeing are more than twice as likely to be thriving in their lives overall.”
Rath and Harter, Wellbeing: The 5 essential elements, Gallup 2010
High Career Wellbeing is where we all should be right? Unfortunately, we can get stuck in the low Career Wellbeing trap. It’s happened to me.
Stuck in a career rut
We can get stuck in a career rut, resenting today, wondering where we are going tomorrow, and whether our work even serves any real purpose in the bigger scheme of our lives. And this kind of thinking only makes us feel worse.
Working in organisations I find lots of people who have got caught-up in negative, pessimistic or low patterns of thinking, and find it impossible to get themselves out of that funk. It’s human, but it isn’t healthy for us in the long run. The research shows that low Career Wellbeing impacts our productivity and performance.
“Those with low Career Wellbeing begin to disengage from work after just 20 hours of work in a given week. They spend less than 50% of the working week engaged and productive.”
Harter and Arora, The impact of time spent working and job fit on well-being around the world, Oxford University Press 2009
Low Career Wellbeing warning signs
Being aware of our Career Wellbeing, and understanding how important it is, can help us to recognise when we may not be at our best.
I’m sure there are times when you have fallen in the low Career Wellbeing trap. I know I have. Maybe you felt:
misunderstood by your leader or colleagues and didn’t feel that you had friends at work,
fearful for your future in an organisation that was restructuring, or
frustrated that you weren’t where you felt you should be in your career.
Low engagement is a challenge organisations face around the world. Gallup’s State of the Global Workplace report found that it seriously impacts enthusiasm and productivity.
“85% of employees are not engaged or are actively disengaged at work .”