Individual's daily resources that constitute as their wellbeing inevitably differ. Do employer's know how to solve for diversity? photo courtesy @tangojuliette

Why Individual’s Wellbeing Differ and How to Solve It


It’s easy to identify that person who’s in the midst of something novel to the norm of every day life. The reinforcement appears in their dialogue that its something everyone needs. It could be a fresh approach to storing things or the empowerment from a new app. Although, swapping out something new for something old doesn’t guarantee the same gratification for everyone.

Individual’s daily resources that constitute as their wellbeing inevitably differ. Do employer’s know how to solve for diversity?

This recent report included 487 employers and over 5,000 employee responses identifying their top health and productivity concerns. Employers pointed at technology and organizational issues. Employees reported those as least important with the greater issues on personal work experiences; work/life balance hit at #6.

EMPLOYEES TOP 5

  1. Inadequate Staffing
  2. Low Pay
  3. Corporate Culture
  4. Unclear/Conflicting Job Expectations
  5. Excessive Amount of Organizational Changes

EMPLOYERS TOP 5

  1. Lack of Work/Life Balance (excessive workloads and/or long hours)
  2. Inadequate Staffing
  3. Technologies that Expand Availability During Non-working Hours
  4. Excessive Amount of Organizational Change
  5. Concerns About Financial Situation

A recent email read: “I don’t like to miss scheduled appointments!  I am extremely overwhelmed right now with work and need to find some time to take some time off once I get caught up.”

Time is one resource that is priceless and precious. When, where, how, and why time is used will ultimately effect the wellbeing of an individual and each culture they dwell in.

“When stress starts interfering with your ability to live a normal life for an extended period (of time), it becomes even more dangerous.” APA

“Furthermore, time in nature or viewing nature scenes increases our ability to pay attention.” UMN

“Relationships shape health outcomes throughout the life course and have a cumulative impact on health over time.” JHSB

Hours, minutes, seconds are continuously filled with stimuli: sounds, smells, tactile, sights, movement. Stimuli is a resource to wellbeing. Use it to protect your greatest health asset: time.

Our definition of wellbeing is an active process to increase awareness and make choices towards a successful existence. Health, on the other hand,  is a resource for everyday life. 

We differ in what stimulates us but we are united with the commodity of time. Every individual interprets stimuli differently. When I see an angry person, hear a cappuccino machine, or receive a hug from my boss it stirs different memories linked to emotions than someone else. My perception and behavior may differ from those surrounding me, yet there we stand united in the same place at the same time.

Remember the dress phenomenon? Did you welcome or deny those that differed in their opinion?

“The capacity to direct attention to one stimulus at a time (e.g., a task) requires inhibition of competing stimuli and that, over time, this capacity fatigues, resulting in mistakes, failure to focus or impatience.” Journal of Environment Resources of Public Health 

Employer, employee, or individual – here’s the solution: Be aware of how you and others exist in time with stimuli.

  • Observe and identify what stimuli surrounds you.
  • Identify the emotional and behavior response.
  • Ask questions to identify others perception of the stimuli.
  • Actively listen.
  • Use a beginner’s mind.
  • Collaborate on shared experiences.
  • Compromise and personalize to reduce fatigue, mistakes, failure to focus.

GIG Design does this through facilitating awareness of sensory regulation and modulation of stimuli response and behaviors. Individuals may over-respond, under-respond, or crave stimuli to achieve wellbeing. We provide the education and guidance to lifestyle strategies and design that achieves health, productivity, and performance.

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Our novel approach to wellbeing is an established approach to rehabilitation. GIG Design is on the front end of health prevention with sharing established occupational science model’s and resources.