Career well being - HCCFacultySupport


Career well being - HCCFacultySupport
Well Being and Leadership
Academic Leadership Training
Aug 20, 2013
To Be Happy……
•What would the best possible life look like for
you to be happy? What would most people
To Be Happy……
•Good health and wealth? Gallup found that
this is simply not true!
Gallup's research:
•Surveyed more than one million
people around the world (over 150
countries) using the Wellbeing Finder and
uncovered the universal elements of well
being and these elements are the “currency
of a life well lived.”
•Developed a metric of a life well lived – as
measured by one’s own experiences and
evaluation on a daily basis and overall life
Well Being:
"the combination of our love for what
we do each day, the quality of our
relationships, the security of our finances, the
vibrancy of our physical health, and the pride
we take in what we have contributed to our
communities. And most importantly, it's
about how these elements interact.“
Rath & Harter. 2010 Well Being: The Five
Essential Elements
Gallup’s research uncovered 5 distinct statistical
• Career Wellbeing: how you occupy your time - or
simply liking what you do every day
• Social Wellbeing: having strong relationships and
love in your life
• Financial Wellbeing: effectively managing your
economic life
• Physical Wellbeing: having good health and
enough energy to get things done on a daily basis
• Community wellbeing: the sense of engagement
you have with the area where you live.
•66% of people are doing well in at least one of these
areas, just 7% are thriving in all 5.
•They describe aspects of our lives that we can do
something about.
• Not found as a separate element. Reflected
across elements.
• Spirituality drives/motivates/influences us in ALL
these areas.
Career well being: how you occupy your time - or
simply liking what you do every day
• interesting and meaningful acts that are paid or
• involves using strengths
• results in high and meaningful engagement
• reflects a deep purpose
*Career well being is identified as the most essential
element of one's overall well being.
*People with high career well being are more than
twice as likely to be thriving in their lives overall and
“enjoy weekdays as much weekends.”
What can we do to increase career well being for
ourselves and those we lead?
• Get the right people in the right job (including
• Put strengths to best use
• Connect work to a higher purpose
• Encourage and support growth and
Social well being: having strong relationships and
love in your life
• Spend 6 hours each day with friends, family, and
colleagues. Can be through phone calls, text
messaging, email.
• It's the connection that matters!
• Chit chat at the office boosts workplace
What can we do as leaders to increase social well
being in ourselves and others?
• Create places to congregate - coffee pot,
• Organize Happy/Healthy Hours, communal
lunches (Souper Tuesday).
• Walk the division just to say 'hi'
• Provide opportunities for mentoring and
partnership building
Financial well being: effectively managing your
financial life
• It is more about financial SECURITY than actual
monetary compensation. Security has 3x the impact of
income alone on our overall well being.
• Addresses HOW we spend our money (on
experiences and on others)
• Pay itself doesn't necessarily correlate to engagement
or well being. But, pay needs to be fair and equitable.
• Low FWB can lead to stress, anxiety, insomnia,
• People with high career and social WB perceive their
pay as satisfactory.
What can we do as leaders to increase the financial
well being in ourselves and in the people we lead?
• make the default setting of savings programs opt-out
vs opt -in.
• take vacation and encourage people to use the
vacation time for actual vacations - spending money on
experiences does more to increase FW than spending
on things.
• spend on others rather than material things for
• contribute to the flower fund, gifts for new babies,
support ill colleagues, etc.
Physical well being: having good enough health and
enough energy to get the things done on a daily basis
• daily physical exercise, good sleep habits, healthy
eating habits
• taking time to relax and refresh
*Those with high PWB have more energy to get things
done in less time; good mood
which boosts colleagues.
What can we do as leaders to increase the physical
well being in ourselves and in the people we lead?
•Be part of a daily 10 min. 'walk around campus'
•Encourage people to stay home and rest if they're sick
•Bring in nutritious snacks when celebrating
•Agree to keep junk food out of the office
•Keep and encourage a reasonable work schedule
Community well being: the sense of engagement you
have with the area where you live
• the impact you can have on an individual, group, or
community helps turn your life from a good life to an
exceptional life.
• "Helper's High" - volunteers report feeling stronger,
more energetic, and more motivated after helping
others even in the smallest ways.
• "Well doing" inoculates us against stress and
negative emotions.
What can we do as leaders to increase the
community well being in ourselves and those we
• Make your interests known to your colleagues so
they know they can call on you; this will also
encourage them to think about ways they can
volunteer with their interests
• Provide and publicize events that employees can
get involved in (e.g. tutoring, Giving tree at Xmas;
book collections)
According to Gallup, when employees reported that
their supervisor cared about their well being, these
employees were:
**more likely to be top performers
**producing higher quality work
**less likely to be sick
**less likely to change jobs
**less likely to get injured on the job
A last word...........
“To create a life that’s worthwhile, not just for
ourselves but for those around us, we need to find
something we love to do that benefits society. We
need to invest time strengthening our relationships
with the people we love. We need enough financial
security to provide for our families’ needs. We need
to adopt lifestyles that give us the health and energy
to keep moving each day.”
As leaders how will you make well being happen
for those who follow you? What will you do?
Rath, T. and Harter, J. (2010). Well Being: The Five Essential
Elements. Gallup Press: New York.
Rath, T. and Harter, J. (2010). The Economics of Well
Being. Gallup Press: New York.

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