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Role

This guide provides information on how understanding your role can support your wellbeing at work.

How does role impact wellbeing?

For us to be effective in our job role it is important to have clarity about our objectives, accountabilities, expectations and responsibilities.

A wide range of work situations can create role confusion, such as beginning a new job, starting in a new organisation, a transfer to a different department or team, a new supervisor or manager, promotion, absence of a team member, taking on additional duties due to a colleagues maternity/paternity leave or following a change in the structure of a work unit.

Research by the Health and Safety Executive has shown that where people lack clarity around their role then they are more likely to experience work-related stress and poor wellbeing.

Resources

You might want to use some or all of the following resources to assist you in assessing your job role.

  • To further explore your role and objectives this two part activity explores the bigger picture and guides you through a range of questions identify actions to support you.

  • Completing a Personal Development Plan (PDP) can help you to become aware of skills you have, evaluate the knowledge and skills you need to undertake your role and work out what you want to achieve and how to achieve it. Download your PDP template.

  • Work seems much easier when we are motivated. We are more likely to have a positive outlook, be excited about what we are doing, and know we are investing our time in something worthwhile. Confirm what motivates you with this quiz.