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.”
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”.”
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.”
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.”
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?”