Those creeping internal sensations of doing too much of something begs for occupational literacy. Occupational therapist Elizabeth Townsend defines it as “a source of language and skills for persons at any age to adapt to diverse contexts and purposes.”
Internal sensations may be difficult to identify with words.
Feelings are often confused with a need. For example, suppression by activity consumption including shopping, food or alcohol intake. Silencing truth is another example by way of gossiping, lying, or holding unrealistic perspectives. This Globis 2013 survey identified how 200 leaders lacked language and skills by avoiding necessary conversations by an alarming 97%. Leaders believed they might cause employee stress. 80% believed angry behaviors were a necessary part of their role with “difficult conversations.”
Occupational justice commits rights, responsibilities, and liberties for quality performance and health. Three sub-categories identify the justice of occupied time:
This happens when feeling overwhelmed OR underwhelmed with occupations (activities that occupy your time).
- What work tasks do you feel like you’re doing too much of?
- What work tasks do you feel like you’re doing too little of?
This is lacking participation in a meaningful occupation.
- What opportunities are lacking that might help participation in meaningful work roles?
- What resources might facilitate participation in meaningful work roles?
This is when satisfaction is lacking or absent within an occupation.
- What struggles are present when seeking meaning within performance?
- What struggles are present when seeking recognition within performance?
- What struggles are present when seeking rewards within performance?
Occupational literacy offers the ability to adapt to diverse contexts and purposes at work. To identify performance factors that stimulate or create barriers to performance behaviors schedule the best performance and design coaching package.