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You may have heard how prevalent employee disengagement is. Across the globe, 80 per cent of workers are disengaged: unmotivated, unproductive, not connected or invested at work. Disengagement can cost you greatly in terms of your physical and mental health.
A recent US study conducted by the Gallup Organization found that entrepreneurs are much more likely to be engaged, happy and motivated. The study looked at five factors of well-being: purpose, social, financial, community and physical.
The purpose factor involves learning or doing something interesting every day, liking what you do, using your strengths and achieving your goals. The social factor involves having supporting relationships and love in your life. Financial well-being involves managing your finances in a way that reduces stress and increases security. Community well-being involves liking where you live, feeling safe and having pride in your community. The physical factor is about having good health and enough energy to get things done every day.
The researchers compared those that define themselves as self-employed or business owners to other employees. They found that entrepreneurs are more likely to be thriving in three of these five factors compared to other employees: purpose, community and physical. Entrepreneurs are just as likely as employees to be thriving in social and financial well-being.
It is likely that entrepreneurs, even though we think of them as working 24-7, are ahead of the game in the physical realm because they love what they do, are empowered and in control of their lives. They are much less likely to be diagnosed with chronic health conditions than employees are.
• Do market research before deciding upon a business idea
• Determine your strengths before you think about starting one
• Think about what you love and care to motivate and drive you
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Source: Oksana Tashakova, Special to Jobs & Careers
The writer is Personal Branding Expert, Wealth Dynamics Unlimited