Although I’ve never had a workplace mentor myself, I’ve seen how valuable they can be in directing a career. But a mentor can also make a vital difference in establishing a life/work balance and promoting healthy choices. A mentor is in an excellent position to catch problems with stress, conflicts, overwork or personal decisions that interfere with a healthy lifestyle.
A mentor is also a “been there/done that” resource for suggesting alternatives. Often friends and family are too affected by work-related issues to be able to offer rational solutions, or they may not have enough familiarity with the business culture. A mentor has both the objectivity and the knowledge to help diffuse work-related issues that create health problems–and confront health problems that create issues.
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Disclosure: I’ve partnered with Harvard Pilgrim on this sponsored post. However, the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. You can find more ways to be well at HarvardPilgrim.org/CountUsIn and Let’s Talk Health Care.