Killing Me Softly With My Job

By | January 20, 2009

Are you slowly killing yourself at work? I don’t mean working an abundance of hours to the point of exhaustion. I do mean working in an environment where you are depressed, stressed about work, worried about the economy, worried about your continued employment, and a multitude of other workplace stresses that impacts your emotional well-being. These stresses are real and prevalent in the current economic climate.

I’m finishing a book called Emotional Intelligence and one chapter that made an impression on me, the book is a must read, is about the impact our emotional state has upon physical health. The author provides studies that show emotional well-being has a measurable impact on our health. Positive emotional health increases our physical well-being.

If we believe that our emotional health will impact our physical health then would you agree that emotional health impacts our ability to do our job and our value to the company? The book Happy Hour Is 9 To 5 shows that companies that focus on their most important resource, their people, routinely have higher revenue than those that do not. Take a look at this quote:

“According to Denison Consulting, unhappy companies in their study had an average annual sales growth of 0.1% from 1996–2004. Happy companies grew their sales by 15.1% in the same period.”

15% increase in sales? Can you think of any investment in your organization that can provide that potential rate of return?

Emotional health is an important factor in your physical well-being and can help your company’s bottom line. Here are just a few benefits of focusing on employee well-being:

  • Energy – Employees have increased energy when they are not depressed or stressed.
  • Innovation – Employees are more willing to “think outside the box” and are less concerned about the consequences of failure.
  • Teamwork – Employees reach out to each other and build a stronger network that they can tap into.
  • Recruitment – The success and excitement of of an organization that focuses on well-being is contagious and attracts talent.
  • Adaptive – Employees are more resilient to change, embrace the fact that change does occur, and take hold of new opportunities presented by change.

We all have the ability to influence the well-being of ourselves and our peers. Stop a moment and reflect upon what you can do to improve your emotional health. Think about the ability you have in improving the well-being of your colleagues.

Life is fraught with challenges and does not necessarily follow the course we would like. What we do have control over is our response and how we react to those challenges.

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