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Are you really happy? Or are you just settling?

As part of our recent Wellbeing week, Morgan McKinley invited a local Chiropractor into our office to complete a postural screening on each of us.

The results of the analysis indicate if our posture has deviated from normal, which then suggests that our spine has also deviated from a healthy position and could lead to spinal conditions and injuries.

The screening took all of 10 minutes to complete and, in my case, identified that I do have postural abnormalities which could lead to pain and a countless number of other health problems. So what have I done towards rectifying this issue so far? In all honesty? Nothing. I haven’t experienced any unmanageable discomfort and haven’t been inhibited in any way so why would I act with urgency?

A statistic from the Chiropractor’s Association of Australia shows that “In the Western World, 80% of the population will experience disabling low back pain during their lives”. A further statistic indicates that the majority of adults who suffer from back pain do not treat the underlying cause, but rather mask the symptoms with temporary fixes.

This led me to think, in which other areas of our lives do we accept the little niggles rather than addressing the bigger problem?

As part of my role as Talent Acquisition Specialist, I look to uncover what is causing people to be unhappy in their current role that could lead to them moving to a new business. The majority of people who say they are happy in their role would still change at least one thing if they had the opportunity. But how important is that one thing that you would change?

I believe a lot of people will stay in a role, even if they are unhappy, in the expectation that the situation would be no better elsewhere. Better the devil you know: right? But for how long do you mask the underlying cause before the problem becomes inescapable and more severe?

I encourage people not to accept their unhappiness in the workplace, with the justification that “it could be worse” or “I have it good” in relation to other aspects. If you can induce change (within reason) in your current workplace, then this is something you should strive to achieve. After all, why should we settle for something we don’t like? If change isn’t possible, or indeed welcomed, then perhaps it is time to consider looking for another business that can alleviate the underlying causes and provide a cure?

At Morgan McKinley we pride ourselves in being a flexible business with a model that can accommodate part time and flexible hours as well as job sharing without restricting your progression or success. New ideas are encouraged throughout the business at our regular innovation labs where everyone is invited to participate in an open conversation about what else can we be doing to go that one step further and one step better.

For those who are wondering, I will take my own advice and vow to make an appointment with the chiropractor!

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  • Oct 28, 2014
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