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are you flourishing at work?

Erin Landells
Friday, January 02, 2015

Is your work enhancing your wellbeing? Or detracting from your wellbeing?

Does your work give you a sense of achievement? Are you engaged at work? Does it prompt positive emotions? Do you have positive relationships at work? Is it meaningful—providing a sense of belonging to and serving something that you believe is bigger than yourself?

According to Dr Martin Seligman, the founder of positive psychology, wellbeing consists of positive emotion, engagement, meaning, positive relationships, and achievement.

Identifying and working to your strengths can provide a key to unlocking your wellbeing at work.

Research suggests that people who use their strengths at work are more engaged. Sadly, only 35% of employees agree “At work I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day”. Yet employees who have the opportunity to focus on their strengths every day are six times more likely to be engaged in their jobs and three times more likely to report having an excellent quality of life.

If you haven’t already, take the free VIA Survey of Character Strengths on Dr Seligman’s website and assess your strengths today. And then consider whether you are working to your strengths at work every day.

My top strengths include industry, diligence and perseverance (I love to achieve things and get things done) and love of learning (I’m one of those people who loved school). I once met with Julie Caldecott, a partner at Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in Melbourne, and she suggested that every day, I should ask myself two questions: ‘Are you being challenged? Are you learning something new?’. Essentially for me, am I working to my strengths?

Let me know how you go! Are you working to your strengths?


08-Jan-2015 08:16 PM
Thanks for the links to the survey. Very interesting!

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