does your job make you healthier?

By tom rath

Stop for a moment and think about what truly matters in a given day. Having more energy. Quality time with friends and loved ones. Doing great work that makes a difference. Being active throughout the day. Getting a sound night of sleep.

Yet when we consider a new job, our attention gravitates towards the functional: salary, benefits, hours, your workspace, and the like. Even superficial perks like on-site dry cleaning and doggie daycare sometimes get more consideration than the things that will truly matter a year from now.

The next time you are considering any type of career move — from a new job to an internal job change or even quitting — ask this one simple question:

Will I be healthier as a result of this new job?

If you are considering multiple job options, ask yourself which one is more likely to improve your health and well-being two years from now. In the end, that will matter far more than the 10% difference in pay, a better benefits package, or nicer office. The right job should do as much for your health, relationships, and well-being as it does for your bank account.

Another little secret is that an employer who helps you see how they will improve your health and well-being is also more likely to succeed as a business in the future. What’s best for your health is almost always aligned with the organization’s long-term interests. In addition to improving the lives of each employee, a healthier workforce makes an organization more efficient, profitable, and gives it a competitive advantage.

Categories: Wellness

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By tom rath

Tom Rath is an author and researcher who studies the role of human behavior in business, health, and well-being. He has written five New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers over the past decade including his most recent book, Eat Move Sleep: How Small Choices Shape Your Work and Well-being. Tom serves as a senior scientist for and advisor to Gallup, where he previously spent thirteen years leading the organization’s work on employee engagement, strengths, leadership, and well-being. He is also a scientific advisor to Welbe. Developed by O.C. Tanner, Welbe uses apps and wearable technology to improve health and well-being in the workplace.