As our communities, states, and the world begin to loosen restrictions from the COVID-19 Pandemic, many businesses will reopen and workers who were furloughed or laid-off may return to their previous jobs. But for many jobless people, it may not be as simple as returning to the job they had prior to the pandemic. The world and rules will be different as a result of this complex health concern and the devastating economic impacts. As business owners evaluate what the pandemic has done to their bottom line, they will also determine how best to move their companies forward and that could mean with fewer locations and a reduced workforce. Safety on the job is on the minds of employers, as well as employees. Occupational wellness should be the focus for
both. It's much bigger than just physical well-being on the job.
So, what is Occupational Wellness?
Occupational wellness means having a career that is interesting, inspiring, and motivating. When workers use all of their talents, skills, and abilities, they perform better. Employers should offer opportunities for employees to learn new skills. Employees should seek growth opportunities. Employers need to provide financially rewarding jobs and appreciate and recognize workers for their contributions. Employees who are valued and respected enjoy greater job satisfaction Another important component of occupational wellness is a job or career that enables workers to balance work, family obligations, and personal interests. Now that mothers, fathers, grandparents, and children have been forced to work and learn under one roof, due to the COVID-19 stay safe at home orders, employers got to see just how challenging it is to juggle life. A post-pandemic workplace will require employers to be more sensitive, more accommodating, and even push employees toward finding balance if the employers want to have and retain a productive workforce.
Tips for Workers Seeking Occupational Wellness
Don’t settle - even if you've been out of work, don't just settle for anything. You deserve a job and a career that is interesting and inspirational.
Keep motivated - work toward what you want.
Increase knowledge and skills - seek new learning opportunities and challenges.
Find the benefits and positives in your current job - even if you're not in your perfect job, look for and appreciate any benefit and positive part of it, no matter if it is big or small.
Enjoy what you do, do what you enjoy - joy is something you choose, regardless of what circumstances you face.
Create connections - connect with co-workers and network with others in your chosen field and in areas where you might want to expand.
Set goals - write down what you want to achieve, determine a plan to execute it, and then start implementing steps to achieve your goals!
Seek a career counselor - if you want to try something new, look for someone to help you get there. Don't be afraid to reach out and try something different.
Remember that BMI Wellness Concepts is here to support you and help you
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