Quality of Life in the workplace is a HUGE topic for millennials in the workplace. We care about establishing ourselves in the workplace, but also believe in having balance at home. Here I discuss a few attributes that help define work life balance including, health and well being, social interaction, and your personal growth. During your next job search, be sure to consider these factors before taking the job.
Social Interaction are factors that strengthen the bonds of relationships. Examples are access to cultural events, concerts, exhibits, etc. for employees. This can be accomplished in group work where a team works together to reach a goal. This factor is important because it allows the employees to feel like they are part of something bigger than themselves. Feeling like you are a part of something bigger than yourself is one of the top items millennials look for in the workplace. So this is a very important factor to consider when looking for quality of life in the workplace.
I’ve personally worked in a work environment where I worked alone and also in environments where I worked in a team and I have to admit, I am much happier in a group work setting than a single working environment. I can definitely work alone on projects, but working alone all the time with no social interaction with my co-workers makes work feel more like a life sentence in prison than an enjoyable workplace. Social interaction in the workplace is a much needed
Personal Growth is promoting individual progress and growth. Professional development programs in technology, foreign languages, etc. can help individuals advance their education. Millennials are very educated and are used to being in a learning environment. One of the best things about being in a place where you feel like the work is meaningful is being able to grow in the workplace. Personal growth to me is more than just being able to learn new skills in your role but also learning how to deal with different people.
In my own experience I have learned that sometimes things do not always go your way at work and also that some decisions are not necessarily fair. But what you can take from experiences in your workplace is learning how to deal with people with different personalities and values than your own, as well as dealing with difficult situations.
Health & Well-Being
Health & Well-Being means promoting a healthy lifestyle through nutritious meals, a well-balanced diet and exercise. This can include restaurant vouchers and healthy food options, as well on-site exercise facilities or gym memberships. I have not worked anywhere that offers a free gym membership or on site fitness membership, but I do currently have a group at my current work where we compete in walking competitions and use standing desks. I have lost several pounds while being a part of this group and this also helps to build comradery amongst my co-workers.
Focusing on quality of life during your job search is nothing to be ashamed about and is something I feel more people should consider and acknowledge before taking a position. Most people spend more time at work than they do at home so make sure your environment is one where you’d actually like to be.
“This post is part of International Quality of Life BlogIt Day, sponsored by Sodexo”
This was previously posted on Miss MiIlennia Magazine