Well-Being in the Workplace

The Gallup organization recently published a study of well-being in the workplace and its effect on business outcomes.

"Well-being" is an interesting concept. What does it mean? One dictionary says: well-being is a contented state of being happy and healthy and prosperous. A thesaurus says that one sense of well-being is peace of mind: contentment, fulfillment, satisfaction, serenity.

At many workplaces, there is a palable atmosphere of fear and evaluation, with a gnawing edge of threat. No one is safe and secure. Even if you are good, smart, get results, and have a lot of experience, you can still be fired.

So where do we find our sense of well-being? When I think about my well-being, I think of my home. When I'm at home with my family, I feel accepted, loved, secure, protected, supported, cared for, encouraged, promoted. I can be who I am. I can express myself, free from fear.

Contentment is an inner state. Unless a person has it inside, and brings it with him or her to work, it won't be found there.


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