Do you remember that time when your career was going really well? Most likely you were doing work that you enjoyed and that stimulated you; you had the autonomy to determine how you went about doing your work; and you felt a strong connection to others through the positive relationships you had with them.
Reflecting on times like these shows the important contribution work makes to our mental health and overall wellbeing. The considerable amount of time we spend during our life at work means that it is more than just a place to make money, it is a place where we have the unique opportunity to grow and develop as a person. Just like in life, it is through the highs and lows, the successes and challenges we experience during our career that helps to shape who we are as a human. It’s not just what we do that matters, it's who we are when we do what we do that does.
2020 has seen huge changes for most people’s working lives. As we adapt to new ways of working, managing the blurring of lines between work and home, and look for different ways to connect with people, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Edwin’s keynote was a fantastic opportunity to reflect on where we have found ourselves, and, with Edwin’s practical tips, I found it grounding and re-energising.
Participant, Finding Meaning through Work virtual keynote