Top Ten Tips for Improving
Quality of Your Work Life
by Judy Worrell & Brian Ward
We all desire a work experience that can fit neatly with our personal lives.
We all seek balance. Too often however peoples' work life overpowers the rest
of their life. And when that happens, we can very easily find ourselves struggling
to keep up in all areas of our lives.
The following ten tips are designed to get you thinking. They apply as much
to the CEO as they do to the front line worker:
- Have a personal vision of who you want to be and what you want
to do - keep in mind that if you do not have one for yourself, you will
likely become part of someone else's vision!
- Test out your own personal vision with that of your organization's
- in how many ways do they support each other? Ask questions to better understand
your organization's mission, vision and values.
- Learn, and keep on learning - go to training sessions and in-services,
enroll in college courses, read books. Know why, not just how.
- Buddy-up - find ways to share the load with other team members.
Sharing the load makes work easier to manage and less stressful.
- Share your successes - this allows you to learn from the successes
of others, as well as giving you a boost when you need it.
- Get it off your chest - talk things over with your buddy, friend,
supervisor when things trouble you, don't keep it bottled up inside.
- Find joy in being of service to others - think about how the
person you are serving is better off as a result of your work, and rejoice
in that knowledge.
- Take time for breaks - pay particular attention to the need to
refresh body, mind and spirit.
- Try out new ideas - to innovate is to grow. By using your creativity
and innovation life becomes exciting and fulfilling.
- Have fun at work - laughter is the best medicine, but use only
appropriate humor. Damaging someone else's self-esteem for the fun of it
is no laughing matter.
Brian Ward, C.H.R.P., is a principal in Affinity Consulting. He specializes
in assisting leaders and their teams develop and implement quality management
systems that are client focused, team directed and outcomes based. He can
be contacted at email@example.com
Judy Worrell, R.N., BSc.N. has over 20 years experience working in the continuing
care (community care, public health and facility based) sector and is a principal
in Affinity Consulting. She helps leaders and their teams build their capacity
to engage in skillful discussion and dialogue. In her most recent role as
the Director of Consulting Services for Extendicare (Canada) Inc., she was
actively involved in direct facility consultation, development and delivery
of educational programs and workshops, project coordination, and policy and
procedure development. This work involved coordinating program implementation
and evaluation within a multi-site environment. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
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