Occupational Wellness

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Because people spend so much time at work, occupational wellness is a particularly important component of overall well-being.  It includes job satisfaction, the ability to use one’s talents and skills at work, and ambitions for professional growth and change.  People with good occupational wellness find their work rewarding, have good relationships with co-workers, and find positive ways to handle workplace stress, all while also finding a good work-life balance. 

Occupational Wellness Resources

Pregnancy Discrimination Fact Sheet

Microaggressions and How to Fight Them

8 Tips for Fighting Back Against Microaggressions

Recommended Reading

Occupational Workplace Wellness book recommendation Dealing with Difficult People in the Library by Mark Willis (2012)

In this second edition of this book, Mark Willis shares strategies for managing problems posed by patrons and staff.

Occupational Workplace Wellness book recommendation Conflict Management for Libraries: Strategies for a Positive, Productive Workplace by Montgomery, Cook, Wagner, and Hubbard (2005)

Based on formal and informal observations, the authors of Conflict Management for Libraries discuss 17 possible workplace conflict scenarios for librarians and offer strategies for realistically coping with each scenario.

External Occupational Wellness Resources

Work-Life Balance Fact Sheet 
A nice general overview from the Canandian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, with links to other, question-and-answer fact sheets

LibraryWorklife Newsletter Archive of Articles on Work-Life Balance
A publication of the American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA), LibraryWorklife is a monthly electronic publication about issues that concern all library workers.

Work Life Balance Toolkit
Created by the National Health Service of Wales, this is a resource for goal setting and provides suggestions for relaxation, managing stress, and creating more balance in your health and work life.  (PDF Document)

The Greater Good Science Center
Based at the University of California, Berkeley the GGSC studies different aspects of well-being. At their site, you can find educational resources, study information, videos, and podcasts on general well being and work-life balance.

Worksite Health Scorecard
A tool for assessing workplace implementation of science-based health promotion and protection interventions related to a variety of health problems like heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and obesity.  Designed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Total Worker Health Webinars
A series of archived webinars on a variety of topics like Advancing Working Family Well Being, Sedentary Work, and Workplace Stress. Created by The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

Quality of Worklife Questionnaire
A survey you can use for workplace wellness assessment at your own workplace.  Designed to help study longitudinal changes, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) selected 76 questions dealing with a wide assortment of work organization issues. These include (but are not limited to) hours of work, workload, worker autonomy, layoffs and job security, job satisfaction/stress, and worker well-being.

Drug-free Workplace Toolkit from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
This toolkit can be used to support drug-free workplace policies and programs and includes information on assessing your workplace, developing policies, providing education and support for employees, and more.

Workplace Wellness Pathfinder
Start researching better workplace wellness with this tool created by former ALA President Loriene Roy’s Workplace Wellness Task Force.

Workplace Wellness Inventory
Use this form to assess workplace wellness and perceptions of workplace wellness at your library. (PDF document)

Library Workplace Wellness Surveys
In 2007-2008 the ALA-APA surveyed library workers on their thoughts and attitudes concerning work-life balance issues and workplace wellness initiatives in libraries.  These are the summaries discussing the results and the conclusions drawn from them.

LibraryWorklife Newsletter
A publication of the American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA), LibraryWorklife is a monthly electronic publication about issues that concern all library workers, including wellness-related issues like work-life balance, career advancement, salaries, etc.