by Janne Kaltiainen and Jari Hakanen, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Finland
What parts of my work do I find motivating, engaging and most beneficial for my well-being? What can I do to get more of these things in my work?
After beginning to feel stressed, slightly bored and “in a rut” at work, a nurse with a long career and strong professional expertise began to ask herself these questions. The answers to these questions led her to begin mentoring some of her younger colleagues, helping her to feel more competent in her work and more connected to her colleagues, and to again find meaning in her day to day routines. This small change to the way she did her job improved her work-related well-being, and importantly, did not harm the overall operation and effectiveness of the hospital. Rather, her colleagues felt better supported through this mentorship and the overall atmosphere at work improved. (more…)