“It's changed my life to have a part-time job as a school crossing supervisor. It's only ten hours a week, but it gives me human contact and most of the parents and kids are very nice.”
Work comes in all shapes and forms, and what is work for one person may be a hobby or passion for another. What is common to all, is that work provides structure, purpose and connection, and can be an important way to contribute to our independence and society.
For many people, work is a reason to get out of bed in the morning. In return, it can nurture our self-esteem, social connections, financial security, status, and sense of identity. When work is satisfying and rewarding, it benefits our wellbeing. It has also been shown to aid recovery from mental illness.
Take a look at the resources below to know more about workplace wellbeing. We also have pages on connecting with co-workers, supporting co-workers, and purposeful activity.
A closer look
Studies show that work is generally good for health
Work offers many of the same benefits as other purposeful activities
Workplaces need to be healthy too
Maintaining a work-life balance requires understanding
Work can benefit you and your employer
You might find online and phone-based mental health resources helpful. Some suggestions are below. You can find more with our Search tool.