I had no idea that self-esteem played such an important role in the work place until I read chapter 5. The feeling of being useful and worthwhile effects one’s job satisfaction, productivity and most importantly their happiness. Self-esteem has been “measured by having survey respondent indicate their agreement or disagreement with both positive and negative statements.” (125, Organizational Behavior) People who disagree with the negative statements and agree with the positive ones have high self –esteem. People with low self-esteem often have health problems, are vulnerable to depression and have problems with social relationships. Employment has been said to “define who we are” and being employed is a huge self-esteem booster. This makes perfect sense, with a job comes a feeling of being wanted, the feeling of accomplishing tasks and a feeling of belonging.
I did some more research on self-esteem in the work place and found ways to help raise one’s self-esteem. The number one message was to take on meaningful roles in life. Doing work that is meaningful makes you feel useful. Also, it is important to make time for your passion. Set aside time everyday to do the things you love, whether it is exercise or gardening. Self-esteem is more important than many think and it is essential to make it a priority to have a healthy level of it.
“Psychology Today”, Self-esteem at work