Work & Career

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While you might think that there are different manners of staying healthy in your work and career, many of the same skills and strategies that are used in everyday matters can be effective at helping you to maintain balance and health at work too. In business, strong communication, healthy relationships, and stress and conflict management are vital to a rewarding career.

According to NI Direct, many of the everyday skills that we use in our personal lives to cope with stress, maintain balance at home, and have healthy relationships with open communication channels can be used in our careers to influence greater success.

Having a harmonious work life helps in addiction recovery as it helps keep stress levels down, encourages self-appreciation, and gives people a good way to spend their time.

Career Happiness

It can be challenging to even think about switching careers, especially if you have been in the same career for a prolonged period of time but the rewarding benefits that come from changing a career (especially if you are currently unhappy in your career) can be rather profound. If you are unhappy in your current career but you are hesitant to change careers, there are some steps you can take to overcome this hesitance and make the big change to a career path that will be more rewarding to you. Consider these steps to changing your career path:

Choosing the Right Career Path

If you’re thinking about changing your career or if you haven’t chosen a career yet and you’re perplexed at the many different career paths that are available, consider these tips for choosing the right career path:

Skill Development for a New Career

Chances are, you will already have some of the skills for a new career, but you’ll probably need some additional education or training before you are fully prepared to make a major career change. There are many ways that you can develop your skills and experience even while you are still working at your current job.

Some of the opportunities that you may have to enhance your career skills include:

Signs of Stress at Work

When you are feeling overworked, underpaid or simply overwhelmed, you tend to lose confidence in your work, become withdrawn and could even begin to become burnout. Productivity is lost, you become less effective in your job and you can become even more stressed as you feel like the work you are doing is not as rewarding as it once was. The warning signs of stress at work should be recognized early on to prevent yourself from encountering even greater problems. Extreme job stress, when left unnoticed, can lead to physical and emotional health problems that pose a significant risk to the employee and to others.

Beware of these signs of excessive job or workplace stress:

What Causes Workplace Stress?

Stress in the workplace can be caused by many different factors. The most common causes of workplace stress include:

Managing Stress at Work

Many skills that are used in everyday situations can also be used to manage stress at work.

Follow these tips for managing stress at work:

The Stress of Losing a Job

Your job is not just how you make money to pay your bills. A job is part of our own self-image, our purpose and our structure. Without a job, we feel as though we lack meaning in our lives, have no purpose or are otherwise inferior. The stress of losing a job can weigh very heavily on an individual as well as on those around them.

The following feelings are likely when you lose a job:

Because of all of these negative feelings, it can be difficult to get back into the job market. The first step to getting back on track after you lose a job is to overcome the negative feelings and learn how you can better cope with the stress of losing a job.

Job Loss Survival Tips

Networking

Many job openings are never even advertised online, in newspapers or elsewhere. This is because there are actually thousands of jobs each year that are filled by word of mouth. So how do you get your foot in the door? Networking! Networking is one of the best ways to find a job in a career that you are interested in. Networking is not about abusing your friendships, aggressively promoting yourself or being pushy—it’s about creating and fostering relationships that will be mutually beneficial along the way for your career.

So how do you network? There are many ways to network. Think about all the people who you already know. You probably could make a list of people who you know and the jobs that they have and you would likely find that you already have a good potential list of contacts that could help you find a job. Now, think about all of the people that your friends know. The list just got much longer!

Of all the people you know, and all the people your friends know, there’s a good chance that you either; a) know someone who can help you find a job, or b) know someone who knows someone that can help you find a job. Networks don’t end with your friends. Think about family, colleagues, civic fellowships, community acquaintances, neighbors, etc. You’ll be happily surprised at the growth of your network as you make a list of all the people who you know already. You may be equally surprised at how many community members you could network with. Consider your doctor, your landlord, your gym instructor, your child’s teacher, the school principal, etc.

Networking to Get a Job

Now that you know a little bit about networking, consider the ways that you can use this to your ability to find a job:

The Importance of Interviewing Often

You are greatly limiting your potential for getting a new job if you are not taking part in many interviews. Often times, we create many filters and requirements when we go to look for a job and this can place great limitations on the number of opportunities that we come across which in turn limits our potential for finding work. Instead, narrow your job search criteria and take part in many interviews—you might be surprised at how beneficial interviewing often can really be.

Consider these facts: