Professor Alex Christou, Thrive Global Asia Pacific’s Managing Director, explains why dedication to work shouldn’t come at the expense of your wellbeing.

Q: I’ve become much better at prioritising my wellbeing during the work day — walking my dog each morning and eating lunch away from my computer — but I’m worried it might make me appear less committed to my work. How do I thrive without being perceived as slacking off?

It’s so important to remember that wellbeing and workplace success go hand-in-hand. Working yourself so hard that you risk burning out is bad news for you and your employer, leading to excess stress and illness, lower productivity and morale, and increased time off.

Being dedicated to work doesn’t mean sacrificing your health. Walking your dog and eating lunch away from your computer are great ways to refresh your body and mind, exercise and make better food choices. These activities in turn help sustain you for the rest of the workday, allowing you to return to your tasks with renewed energy and focus. 

Great leaders know that great employees need balance in their lives. They also know that being a committed employee isn’t about being tied to your desk. Simply by asking the question above, you’ve demonstrated that you’re a conscientious employee who – rightly – wants to be perceived that way. Cut yourself some slack and keep your wellbeing breaks.

 

Unlock your people’s potential today

Enter your details to stay up to date with the latest news events and program updates.

Any personal information you provide via this website will be collected by Monash University and Thrive Global for the purposes of delivering the Thrive program to you and to send you marketing communications, if you choose to receive them.

To see how Monash handles your personal information please refer to our Data Protection and Privacy Procedure and Visitors and Enquirers Data Protection and Privacy Collection Statement or contact dataprotectionofficer@monash.edu
To see how Thrive Global handles your personal information please see thriveglobal.com/privacy/.

*Required Fields

Any personal information you provide via this website will be collected by Monash University and Thrive Global for the purposes of delivering the Thrive program to you and to send you marketing communications, if you choose to receive them.

To see how Monash handles your personal information please refer to our Data Protection and Privacy Procedure and Visitors and Enquirers Data Protection and Privacy Collection Statement or contact dataprotectionofficer@monash.edu
To see how Thrive Global handles your personal information please see thriveglobal.com/privacy/.