Occupational Wellness

The Cape Peninsula University of Technology defines Occupational Wellness as: “Occupational wellness involves identifying and choosing a career path that satisfies you. It represents the ability to find a balance between work and personal life.”

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LEADERS IN WELLNESS define it as: “However, the sole purpose of occupational health is not only to ensure that people who come into the workplace do not develop illnesses, but also to safeguard the well-being of workers so that they maintain optimal health, and even to assist employees with non-occupational related illnesses to achieve higher levels of health and wellness. This could be in the form of programmes, policies and or services that ensure the creation of a “healthy workplace”.”

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What is so important about Occupational Wellness?

KWEEK tells us that: “In modern days, employees spend the greater part of their days at the office. With the workplace taking a larger role in people’s lives, employees are increasingly recognising the importance of wellness in the working environment. Research studies cite the need for employee well-being interventions that address health risks posed by the chronic diseases of lifestyle (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes), as well as the management of sick leave, absenteeism, and productivity.”

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The author of the following article, Johanna C. Diederiks, takes a look at Occupational Health, and the effects of a motor-vehicle accident on your career and performance: “Work and employment are significant parts of the lives of many people. Work contributes to personal status as well as values and maintains health and well-being through meaningful activities and social connections (Fadyl & McPherson, 2010). Most adults organise their lives around work (Al-Qutop & Harrim, 2011). In addition, there is increasing evidence of improved health associated with employment, even for people with significant impairments.”

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What can I do, to make it better?

It’s all good and well to know what occupational wellness is, and what it feels and looks like. But what we really want to know is: “What can we do to make it better for ourselves?”

Here are a few articles and tips to give you help you devise your occupational wellness plan: