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The American and global workforce is in transition! Some are calling it the wave of the Great Resignation. I prefer to call it the Great Post-pandemic Re-evaluation. Recent studies have shown that up to 41% of workers are doing a re-evaluation of themselves and their jobs.
Employees are asking questions like:
Where do I want to be now?
Who do I want to be now?
In my role as an employee wellness coach, I’ve talked with many employees who are considering transitions - new roles, new jobs, and new seasons of life.
There is one coaching question that I routinely ask those in transition:
“What kind of impact will this change have on your personal
health and well-being and how will you manage that?”
It’s an important question because our job does have an impact on our health. For example, research has shown that the length of an employee’s daily commute has an impact on their health as measured by blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure, cardiovascular fitness, sleep, depression, and anxiety.
Over the years, I’ve made three interesting observations about the responses to this question:
First, it’s a question that most people have never considered. The most common response is, “I’ve haven’t really ever considered my health as an important factor in making decisions about job transitions.”
Second, people consider their family’s health more often than their own when making job-related decisions. And that's a good thing. But here’s an important news flash:
Your health is not just about you!
Your decisions about your health impact everyone around you. Considering the health of your family requires that you consider how your own personal health and well-being impacts your family and community.
Third, most Christians wonder if it is right for them to ask this question. After all, we’re supposed to follow God’s calling for our life, no questions asked. Right? Here’s an important thought for every believer who hesitates to ask this question:
Good servants are good stewards!
The parable of the bags of gold (Matthew 25:14-30) reminds us that good servants are good stewards! Good servants make wise investments to make the most of the resources entrusted to them by God. Your health is a resource that God has entrusted to you! Your health is just like time or money or any other resource that God provides to survive, thrive, and do the good works that you are called to do.
As you re-evaluate your work life as we enter this post-pandemic period, where is God calling you to go and who is He calling you to be? The Where? and What? of God’s calling for our life may be non-negotiable. But the How? is an important question if we are going to be a good steward as we serve.
Here are some important questions to consider:
How, in the past, have I sacrificed my health in the name of Christian service?
How can I structure my work life so that I can stay well as I serve well?
What needs to change so I can be a good servant and a good steward?
It’s important that we ask ourselves these questions -
Not because we expect to be treated like the Queen of Sheba, but because we want to be good stewards of our God-given resources.
Not because we want to be fit, attractive, and accomplished, but because we want to be functional, available, and full participants in God’s calling for our life.
Good Health for Good Works Challenge:
If you are an employee, pray about this question: “What kind of impact does my work have on my personal health and well-being and how, going forward, will I manage that?”
If you are an employer, work through your employee wellness committee to discover what kind of support your employees most need to stay well so they can serve well.
About the author:
Ginger Hill is a Christian wellness speaker, coach and consultant and the founder of Good Health for Good Works where she helps the earnest, but often exhausted, workers in Christian organizations to take steps toward healthier living so they can fulfill their organization's mission with energy, excellence and endurance.
Psalm 92:12,14 (NLT)
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