Work and Career – articles and other resources
Work plays a huge role in most people’s lives, so finding satisfaction in your job can greatly affect your mental health. But you have more control over building an emotionally satisfying work life than you may realize.
Although it may seem like the business world has its own unique requirements, the same strategies and skills that lead to happiness in your personal life will help you succeed on the job and find a fulfilling career.
In work—as in everyday life—your ability to communicate clearly, build satisfying relationships, regulate stress, and resolve conflict in healthy ways are essential to success. Best of all, these are all skills that can be learned and mastered.
Are you satisfied with your job?
Interpreting the score:
|Score||Your career satisfaction|
0 to 5
Very low. Your work provides you with little or no satisfaction. Consider the tips above for gaining more satisfaction at work or follow the guidelines below for making a career change.
6 to 10
Low. Your working life isn’t a total lost cause but you could find a career that is a better fit for your personality, interests, and ambitions.
11 to 15
Medium. Overall, you feel satisfied with your job, but may need to look at alternate positions in order to challenge yourself more, gain more recognition, or better balance your work and home life.
16 to 20
High. Congratulations, you seem to feel valued and challenged in your job. You may still want to intermittently research other companies and positions, just to ensure your career is progressing as you want.
This questionnaire is not intended to replace professional career guidance.
Adapted from: Wellness Council of America
Career and networking
- Finding the Right Career for You: Choosing or Changing Jobs and Finding Satisfaction at Work
- Job Networking Techniques: How to Find the Right Job by Building Relationships
- Interviewing Techniques and Tips: Putting Your Best Self Forward and Getting the Job
- Volunteering and its Surprising Benefits: Helping Others While Helping Yourself
Job and unemployment stress
- Stress at Work: Tips to Reduce and Manage Job and Workplace Stress
- Preventing Burnout: Signs, Symptoms, Causes, and Coping Strategies
- Job Loss and Unemployment Stress: Tips for Staying Positive During Your Job Search
Communication at work
- Effective Communication: Improving Communication Skills in Business and Relationships
- Conflict Resolution Skills: Building the Skills That Can Turn Conflicts into Opportunities
- Nonverbal Communication: Improving Your Nonverbal Skills and Reading Body Language
- Choosing the Best Nanny: Tips for Evaluating the Best Nanny and Childcare for You and Your Family
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