We are continually being asked to do more with less. The workload increases and yet when people leave they are often not replaced.
This can lead to unhealthy stress levels, absenteeism, and presenteeism. How do we continue to perform when we feel fatigued by overload and change? Having worked in recruitment and career management for 15 years, I also know that at least 50% of the population is in the wrong job?
For the first time absenteeism due to mental illness is exceeding those of physical illness, and that assumes that physical ailments have no root causes in stress. A recent Medibank report showed that depression and stress now account for 34% of all lost productivity, it is time to start asking ourselves some serious questions.
There are 2 components of thriving – the self and the tribe. I want to focus today on the self.
Here are 5 questions to consider when we feel overwhelmed:
Does my role energise me?
Do you understand and live your whYcode™? Information workers are motivated by purpose. Does your tribe’s purpose energise you? Do you know your top 5 strengths (out of a possible 34) Does your role allow you to use your strengths?
Do I regularly acknowledge progress?
Being able to acknowledge progress is very energizing. It is also essential to acknowledge setbacks, and to revaluate our direction and priorities. Learning to do this with yourself and your tribe is essential. Do you acknowledge your progress? Do you routinely do it with others? Do you take time to be grateful?
Do I prioritize my physical wellbeing?
We are far better to manage our energy levels than our time. Higher energy and mood profoundly improves effectiveness and creativity. Taking time for exercise, for rest, and for passions, boosts productivity. How do you ensure this doesn’t slip off the to-do list?
Do I feel emotionally supported?
People with 3-4 close friendships are healthier, have higher wellbeing, and are more engaged in their jobs. Are there people in your life you feel connected to? Can you confide in someone who cares for you?
Do you invest time wisely?
Do you know the 5 things you want to achieve in the next year? Do you have rituals in place to ensure they have priority? Do they allow you to use your strengths? Who do you need to collaborate with?
There is now substantial research that shows that understanding your whYcode™, and practicing daily rituals, will enhance your fulfilment, mood, and gratefulness.