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Using the Workplace Wellbeing Wheel to manage your role

The Workplace Wellbeing Wheel is a tool that outlines areas that are associated with health and wellbeing at work. Today we are focusing on the ‘role’ section.

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Workplace Wellbeing Wheel - Role

Workplace Wellbeing Wheel – Role clarity

Clearly defining roles and expectations, particularly when many people wear several different hats, can have a positive impact on the wellbeing of individuals, teams and departments.

  • People know what to do: When clear roles and responsibilities are set, everyone knows what is expected, what needs to be accomplished, how to achieve team goals and the agreed ways of working.
  • Things gets done: When you are short on time, it is easy for small pieces of a project to be overlooked. This is especially true if no one is completely clear on who is responsible for accomplishing those tasks.
  • People work together better when they understand their roles: There tends to be creativity and engagement when everyone understands their role as part of the group.
  • Less energy is wasted: Any time there is a lack of clarity, energy can be wasted dealing with things that don’t matter. Defining roles and responsibilities means energy is used for what matters most.

A wide range of work situations can create role confusion, such as beginning a new job, 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 and of course COVID-19.

You might want to use some 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.
  • Here you will find some top tips for induction for those in a new role.
  • Using the Six Box technique can help you focus on what matters most.