Career Wellbeing: The missing link between Learning & Development Initiatives and Job satisfaction!

  • An Employee Satisfaction survey reported in May 2019 by the Economic Times indicates 7 out of 10 employees are not satisfied with their jobs
  • Observer Research Foundation’s report on job satisfaction mentions that 38% of the youth in India report career mentoring and counselling accessibility is negligible.

How many times have you heard this from your friends, relatives and colleagues over a chai ….”I am a graduate, post graduate with some skills with no great salary and when I reach home every day…a dialogue between and my inner-self is: “Yaar, maza nahi aa raha hain….”

Do I like what I do? Very simple yet a fundamental question most of us never ask ourselves. Employers don’t dive deeper into this aspect as the “resume” indicates knowledge and skills matching the job profile…so why ask? Human beings are futuristic animals we can’t be content if the future is uncertain…

At individual level there is dissatisfaction, confusion and an urge to take up jobs that give financial stability over emotional or mental satisfaction-something in synergy with an individual’s work and personal values. As a result, for the individual, career planning and overall life satisfaction goes for a toss; moreover, organisations face issues like low productivity, disengagement, no sense of ownership, and negligence despite all the welfare activities, increased pay scale and other perks and benefits.

Obviously not a desirable state of affairs anyway you look at it. The way out of this situation considers a well-designed career development plan and implementation strategy: something that creates a sense of belonging and reciprocity leading to higher engagement at work and increase in productivity, something that leads to far more consonance with the individual employee’s values and passions. A well-designed career development plan is closely aligned to what we call Career Wellbeing.

Career Wellbeing is one of the six dimensions explained in the Joygraphy Model by Ghule V and team. The other wellbeing areas that they cover are: Personal wellbeing, Relationship Wellbeing, Physical Wellbeing, Workplace Wellbeing, and Values & Motives. 

A career is not just choosing a profession and spending your entire life working in it. It is far more than that, it’s a lifestyle that you choose not just for yourself but your family and significant others;

Joygraphy’s wellbeing model offers a Career wellbeing assessment called the Career Joygraph to identify factors affecting your career wellbeing and helps develop a career progression plan with an individual career plan and implement interventions at personal and organisational level.

Career wellbeing plays a very crucial role in the other dimensions of wellbeing mentioned above. Imagine if you are getting very good pay, have social security and enjoy supportive personal relationships and good health but dread the thought that you are doing something you don’t enjoy fully, day after day, week after week, and eventually entire years. This thought itself is anxiety-inducing.

For anyone to be successful in a career there is always a fair and balanced share of ability and aspiration. Just aspiration in the absence of ability will create empty enthusiasm which will be short-lived and die immaturely. On the contrary high ability and lack of aspiration will lead to underachievement and unrealised potential.  Understanding of your realistic ability and factual aspiration leads to the best combination of ability and aspiration. This is the missing link!! This gap, if addressed will give rise to a happier workforce and a happier organisation…

Joygraphy Career wellbeing assessment also gives an insight into career-oriented personality styles and work abilities, links it with your current career status, and suggests sectoral suitability and job profile suitability. This helps an individual and an organisation ensure career wellbeing.

Besides these key insights, the Career Joygraph and its instant group analytics will aid organisations in employee development strategies that lead to better employee engagement, productivity and job-satisfaction.

Here’s wishing you a very happy career for you and your organisation!

Dr. Vishal Ghule

Cofounder and Chief Wellbeing Officer



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