Work as a Contributor to a Satisfying Life

If you have warmed to the notion of “life and work” as opposed to work/life balance then there are a number of approaches to work that lead to a more satisfying life.  Simply put and not exhaustive -

  1.  Choose a career/role that you are empathetic with
  2. Work for an organisation that “walks the talk” when it comes to developing people
  3. Identify people who “buzz” at work, understand their motivation and aspire to their roles
  4. Set yourself personal growth objectives and take action.  Be curious and adopt a learning mentality
  5. Define success for you (be realistic) in your work life and ensure it aligns with success for your employer (or increased stress will occur)
  6. Bring a positive attitude to your labour
  7. Build positive relationships with co-workers, clients and suppliers – manage both up and down consistently
  8. Develop resilience skills that reduce stress elements – time management, prioritization, clarity of objectives, ability to switch off or decompress, support structures (teams, colleagues, mentors, coaches), good resource allocation
  9. Define “non-work” events which are sacrosanct – family events, time for hobbies, sports, community groups – and prioritise these
  10. Be prepared to go “over and beyond” when your organisation needs it
  11. Live your life in a style that the reward for your work endeavours can fund (debt is not a solid foundation for a happy life)
  12. If grossly unhappy at work, then find a new way to earn a living – preferably before quitting


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