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Professional Wellbeing

Many professional associations have developed initiatives and resources to support professional wellbeing.

Overview

Author(s): Justine Rogers

Increasingly, professional associations and professional workplaces have turned their attention to the wellbeing of their members and staff. This development is in keeping with a wider social move towards better understanding and supporting good mental health. Professions have typically been slow to respond here. Some commentators argue that the poor mental health of professionals is tantamount to a crisis, one that can no longer be ignored.

There is agreement that professionals are especially prone to psychological problems including anxiety and depression.

The reasons to take professional wellbeing seriously are many and connected. They include the duty to look after those who perform important, professional work and the risks posed to clients. Likewise, it is essential for the healthy functioning of professional institutions.

Professionals with impaired wellbeing are more likely to suffer other sicknesses or suicide. Poor mental health tends to be associated with substance abuse, family strain, work absenteeism, poor productivity, ethical failing and human error. The last two matters are especially problematic in professional work, where the consequences of mistakes can be very serious.

This title will consider:

  • Psychological Models of Wellbeing;
  • Risk Factors for Mental Disorder;
  • Best Practices among Professional Associations and Workplaces; and
  • Concerns about the Wellbeing Movement.