by Chelsea Szabo and Cecilia Gorman
Are you engaged at work?
It’s an important question because, according to Gallup, engaged employees are more productive, collaborative, positive and impactful to a company’s bottom line.
To help you answer this question, we’ve provided 10 questions below. Answer each one with a yes or a no, specific to your experiences in the workplace.
- Do you smile often?
- Do you enjoy your job?
- Do you check your posture throughout the day and is it generally good?
- Have you said, "How can I help you?" to anyone recently?
- Do you feel connected to your organization’s goals?
- Do you proactively solve problems?
- Would you rate your average energy level as medium to high?
- Do you find meaning in the work you do?
- Do you enjoy the people you work with?
If you answered "Yes" to a majority of the questions above, most likely you’re pretty engaged at work. Congrats! If you answered mostly "No", you’re not alone: only a third of America’s workforce is engaged, per Gallup. It’s important if you aren’t engaged to consider what changes you can make to increase your engagement level. Here’s why -
Potential Dangers of Disengagement At Work
- Stunted career. You stop learning and growing in your role which limits career advancement.
- Get stuck in negativity and it spreads. You enter a world of negativity, seeing only problems which can pull-down colleagues around you.
- Case of the Mondays. You feel like you’re just getting through each day and lose enthusiasm to go into work.
- Over-indulge. You’ll eat when you’re not hungry or drink excess caffeine to fill the void.
Here’s what you can do -
Ways to Enhance Your Engagement Level at Work
- Use your talents. Make a list of your top 5 talents and find ways to bring each of them into your workweek.
- Make rejuvenation mandatory. Getting sleep, eating properly and doing some kind of exercise are not luxuries, they are mandatories. When you’re physically charged you naturally more engaged.
- Identify what you love. Discover three things you most enjoy about your job. For instance: maybe you like collaborating with others or being creative or using your analytical mind. Following, find ways to practice those things daily.
- Enter every room with a smile and strong stature. Use crossing a meeting room threshold as a trigger to remind you to exude happiness and confidence (bonus: even if you don't feel happy or confident, using a power pose and "acting" happy helps release the hormones that can jump-start your engagement).
Thoughts to consider:
1. Are you medium to highly engaged at work? If not, what is getting in your way?
2. What situations or people cause you to feel engaged? Which ones drive you to feel disengaged?
3. What are three things you can do next week to enhance your daily level of engagement in the office?
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Chelsea Szabo and Cecilia Gorman are the co-founders of Empowership.