Episode 50: How To Increase Your Career Wellbeing and Reduce Burnout

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In this episode I’m discussing: 

  • What is career wellbeing
  • Why it’s more important than Workplace wellbeing
  • How to create and maximize your career wellbeing
  • How it relates to burnout – and how to reduce it
  • The difference between workplace climate and workplace culture
  • Tips for checking the health of your workplace culture. 

Mindset and career strategy work not only helps improve your experience in the workplace but also in your personal relationships.

Mentioned on the show: 

Amplify Your Strengths Group Coaching Program

Company Culture Part 1: How to identify a positive company culture

Company Culture Part 2: How to identify a positive company culture

Why Celebration is Key to Your Success

Follow @jillGriffinOffical on Instagram daily inspiration. 

Visit JillGriffinCoaching.com for free content and strategies to refresh your career.

Read The Transcript
Hey ya’ll, how are you? Thanks for being here. How are you doing? Really. Stop for a second and answer that question. 

This week I am talking about your career wellbeing. Wellbeing and work. 

So many of us are at a level of burn out. Our wellbeing is taking a hit. 

The term workplace wellness can mean different things. Generally speaking, it refers to a work environment conducive to the health and well-being of all employees and others within it.  There’s data that states wellbeing at work increases productivity by as much as 12%

I look at workplace wellbeing and extend to career well being because the wellbeing has to extend and carry me. It has to be beyond the current workplace and support my values and how I choose to show up in the world. 

I spent years giving the best of my wellbeing to my workplace. It took a toll on my health. Even if I wasn’t a TBI survivor, it would take a toll on my health. 

Ultimately, All is good today, but if you take away one tip from this podcast, it’s dont do this to yourself. It’s diminishing returns with no amount of cash and prizes to make up for lack of health and wellbeing.  

There are few dimensions of well being. Gallup has been defining and studying them for years. They are career wellbeing, social wellbeing, financial wellbeing, physical wellbeing. Today I am going to stick to the career wellbeing discussion. 

OK, people, I know the last 18 months have been hard for so many of us. The uncertainty of life and the pandemic has taken a toll on many of our psyches. 

The idea of employee wellness is not new, but it has not always been an $8 billion industry in which employer-subsidized fitness memberships, meditation classes, and in the before times, catered meals were the norm. 
Research shows that workplace culture is the biggest roadblock employees face in their efforts to feel healthier and happier. 

But according to HBR “Less than 50% of employees trust their companies.” 
Yes the average employee spends approximately 50 hours of their week at work.

That’s about one-third of one’s waking life every year. 

While it makes sense that the work environment should be a place where employees can feel comfortable, valued, and maybe even nurtured, sometimes the workplace becomes a place of stress with no respite. 

I used to leave work. Take a crowded NYC subway home. And then walk around the block if I had a stressful day and my roommate was home. I didn’t want to bring my stress and energy into the apartment.

Clients often tell me how the work we are doing  on mindset and career strategy is not only helping them in the workplace but they are seeing the difference in their personal relationships too. Parents have told me that their kids are showing up differently because their career wellbeing has improved. 

Think about it. If you end your day in a better mood and and therefore have different interactions and results with the people around you – you are shifting your career wellbeing. 

Here’s what I’ve seen from working with hundreds of clients. 

The burnout around your career wellbeing is real. What are the signs: relationships change, overconsumption. Veg out on non-working time. 

Burnout wasn’t a thing that people talk about I think that covid has brought this reality more into all of our foregrounds. 

Here’s what it may look like for you: 
You keep trying to power through. 
Maybe you think you will quit but that’s not available to many of us
We power through bc we are driven achievers, and we are driven for more. 
We don’t focus on what success really looks like, we look towards those around us to help us define what success looks like. We don’t celebrate success (check out deeper episode on success)

So what do you do? 

Redefine success

Success is so often tied to external factors. For me success is no longer tied to work. Yes, I love my work, andI get to help people refresh their mindset, uplevel their careers and create what success looks like for them. But the important thing is that if I wasn’t paid to do this I would still be successful because I would help people in this way (always have) regardless of the job I am doing. 

Question your mindset. Many believe that you can have a life or a great career. That’s not true. It’s not either or. 

Leadership. You have to create a climate and a culture of career wellness. leadership – Talking about Mindset, healthy habits and decision making as being vital skills for the job. yes I am calling on you – to make sure you do this for yourself first and then make sure your team has this too. I suggest you start talking about these ideas to create a culture of wellbeing and  empowerment 

As a leader, asking your team what two emotions they are experiencing will help you drive discussions or make decisions. Check in with them. 

Networking and creating relationships around what you do professionally. I have many friends that love and support me. But they don’t do what I do. So there’s a knowledge and understanding gap. 

We spend about ⅓ of your time at work. The people that have the most impact on your wellbeing are those that you spend so much time with. 

I have made a conscious effort over the years to make professional friends and many often turn into close personal relationships in my profession. 

Watch out for the connection expectancy many of us default too. How have you created this connection vs expecting others to create the connection. Often we are the hero we need in our lives. 

If you are interviewing, ask them How do you collaborate with and promote relationship building–especially in a WFH environment?

When I was in agency-land it was important to have allies and strategic partners in many areas.  As an entrepreneur it’s just as important to have other entrepreneurs around me. Find your people. You can find groups on linkedin, there are networking groups, I am starting a group, but find your people. This helps so much with career wellbeing because again, it’s not about one work environment, career wellbeing travels with you. If you nourish these relationships you have an opportunity to create a beautiful network. 

How do you know if the workplace is toxic – which is going to erode your career wellbeing. 

There isn’t one definition for all as we all have different thoughts. What I dealt with coming up in my career as a Gen X would be a total non-negotiable for my niece and nephew who Gen Z are early in their careers. I love their clear sense of values and of their self that Gen Z has brought to the workplace. 

Here are a few questions to ask to determine for yourself if you are in a toxic workplace.

Do you have psychological safety? There were times that I worked for the same company but rotating from one department or team to another enabled me to gain or lose psychological safety.

There is a corporate climate and culture. Sometimes the climate is stressful but it blows over and the culture can withstand it. The culture is what stays around and it’s what you need to help create.

Questions to ask yourself: is there a diversity of people and of thought? Is there a clear mission? Do you know the workplace values? Are wins celebrated? Is there transparency? I did a 2 part episode on how to spot a positive workplace culture and I’ll put that link in the show notes. 

One of the reasons I am building a group coaching program is for a place for like minded people to connect and network, it’s also a place for safe exploration. 

What’s possible for ourselves, our career wellbeing,  if we get to be in a group where we are learning what we are good at, finding ways to strengthen those talents and then networking with others? 

And around the burnout, the physical, mental and emotional Stress always comes in two waves. 

There are stressors and then the stress response. 

Your body will take care of the stressor. 

But YOU have to process the stress response. 

Stressors are what activate the stress response in the body.

Stressors can be anything: thoughts, people, your environment.

A bully. A Boss. A deadline. An email. A social gathering.

When a stressor materializes, your body kicks in with a rapid and involuntary response – blood is pumped quickly to the heart and muscles, lungs take in more oxygen, and neurochemicals and hormones flush your system. 
You move. You outsmart. You outlast.

To deal with the stressor, your body’s non-urgent systems take a back seat to save your energy for defense. 
Have you ever experienced an intense argument and found that you are a bit shaky afterward? That’s the stress response that needs to cycle through your body.

When the threat is over, your body doesn’t know that it’s safe to function normally. Your body is still waiting for the signal that all’s clear; otherwise, the stress response keeps rolling. 

In the meantime, your body’s immune and digestive (to name two)– have slowed down to allow for the stress response. 

Remain under stress for weeks or even years, and the stress takes a toll on your body. 
On the benign side, you may feel run-down and get sick a lot. 
The constant flush of hormones and neurochemicals wreaks havoc on your body; anxiety, stress, and depression may occur. Your body needs to complete the stress cycle. 

There are two ways to complete the stress cycle.

Mindset: questioning your thoughts, rebuilding beliefs, and practicing meditation are just a few of the mindset tools proven to help you complete the stress cycle.  
2. Physical: exercise, walk, laugh, loving affection, creative expression, breath work, tense and release muscles allows the neurochemicals and hormones to flush from your body 
We need to address both the mindset and the physical impact to stay healthy. 

Before I wrap, I want to give you the career wake-up call you’ve been waiting for…go from wondering if “this is it?” to knowing and owning your genius and designing your career trajectory.

I want to help you develop the confidence you need to secure your future with a job that reflects not just your talents but who you are.

If you are constantly job-hopping, hoping this will be “the one”, Struggling to understand why you are secretly miserable in this job, that on paper, checks all the boxes or Frustrated that you can’t seem to figure out how to show up with executive presence, form relationships you need to feel secure in your position, or speak up eloquently and be heard

Then my friend, you’ve experienced The Corporate Identity Crisis. 

Here’s the good news…on the other side of every good crisis is clarity, direction, and the possibility for a totally different life. 

I’ve helped hundreds of clients amplify their strengths, increase visibility, create their career narrative, and design a bigger and brighter future using my proven framework.

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Have a great week and I will see you next time.