How Well-Being, Work Stress and Workplace Culture Carry Weight in Career

"Contentment" Quarterly Magazine by the American Institute of Stress.

“Contentment” Quarterly Magazine by the American Institute of Stress.

In the form of a tweet, I found out that WorkLifeNation.com was chosen as one of Forbes.com’s Top 100 Career Sites for Your Career.  This thrilled me to no end, but more so because of the bigger picture associated with work stress and employee engagement. Here’s why:

1.  WorkLifeNation.com is focused on work stress, specifically transforming stress and cultivating resilience.  That tells me employees and employers are deconstructing work stress and well-being in their careers with more of a laser than before.

2. When considering career, choosing a new employer or whether to stay with a company, benefits like stress management, employee career advancement programs, work-life initiatives, flexibility and telecommuting – which all have been shown to contribute to well-being – are rating in public perception.

3. Career success is not just defined by the typical metrics of money and power whilst working for the blue chips, but instead with more of a growing emphasis on the human equation in terms of happiness, performance and resilience. (An idea that Arianna Huffington has been championing over at Huffington Post)

My site is certainly not the only one with an emphasis on the well-being of human capital. I encourage you to check out the list. I’m just pointing out the obvious: we’re living in a new world of work which exalts human-ness and the desire for happiness  in the workplace like never before. And its evolving in our new Human Capital Zeitgeist, which by default is striving to thrive in an environment of Digital Exuberance (thank you Alan Greenspan). I recently wrote about this in my latest Forbes.com post: Well-Being Jettisons to Critical Performance Metric in Workplace.

Happiness is Hot, Period

The idea of happiness or well-being at work is no longer  considered a reductionist idea of pop-psychology, but instead taking headlines evidenced by the  reams of articles and books on Positive Psychology, mindfulness and performance etc. Check out Amazon’s Top Ten Books on Happiness. (Yes, the father of Positive Psychology, Martin E.P. Seligman PhD still tops the list with his 2004 Atria Books title: Authentic Happiness)

And word has it, there are  just a few more books on happiness and its connection to our working and living experience, coming down the pipeline. On the cutting-edge of that bandwagon is Mashable contributor, John C. Havens who has penned  Hacking H(app)iness – Why Your Personal Data Counts and How Tracking it Can Change The World (Tarcher/Penguin, 2014). (bulletin: he just signed to do a second book, Happinomics with a 2015 release.) He’s busy being happy and his work is touching a lot of people.

Perception of Happiness at  Reframes Work Stress Discussion

The October issue of Contentment, the quarterly magazine by the American Institute of Stress is also fervently tackling some of these topics. The lead article is written by Harvard educated researcher Shawn Achor, author of Before Happiness: The 5 Hidden Keys to Achieving Success, Spreading Happiness and Sustaining Positive Change. I was also fortunate to contribute to this issue with my article:  Perception of Workplace Culture Carries Weight .

You can sign up at the AIS site to check out the recent issue, edited by  a wonderful colleague and friend of mine, Heidi Hanna whose upcoming book Stressaholic: 5 Steps to Transform Your Relationship with Stress will be on bookshelves in January 2014. (Wiley)

So yes, lots of talk on well-being at home and at work these day as we manage the stress of the work-life merges. It’s a new day.

Are you seeing or hearing more about the significance of well-being or happiness at work? If so – please dish with me right here or on twitter @JudyMartin8. I’d love to hear your story.

 

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