Increase Your Engagement at Work with One Simple Change

woman engaged in work on laptopGallup touts employee disengagement as one of the top issues facing America’s workforce. Engagement is a word that is used a lot in the workforce, but not necessarily fully understood. To be engaged requires a person to be involved or participate in something. OK, simple enough. But let’s consider what it takes to participate in something or to be involved.

At work, many people have come to expect work and our career path to be easy. Busy? Sure. Difficult? No. Requiring thought? Eek. Partly to blame is the industrial era, which began to treat workers as machines and break every task down into basic steps that could be repeated. The focus was on efficiency and uniformity and developing processes to support those goals. While this was a huge revolution in factory work and absolutely helped society advance in technological ways, what was lost was the ability of the worker to engage in her work.

Though we’ve moved well beyond the days when most people worked in a factory, many companies still have that approach to even professional work. Large corporations have processes and approval chains that are meant to be efficient while ensuring good performance because everyone has their role. And many successful professionals assume their career path will be automatic – that the promotions and advancement will come to them.

The problem is that intelligent, curious people get quite bored with this, whether they know it or not. To increase engagement and excitement at work, employees need to be challenged and encouraged to think beyond just the role they are performing to how it affects the broader company. To increase engagement in your career, you must have a strategic career plan that you are heavily involved in and checking routinely.

Engagement is a huge part of a fulfilling career. It’s one of the five pillars in my work with clients that we break down to determine what work will be fulfilling in the long run. Engagement requires a challenge, and, most importantly, it requires growth and a regular sense of “newness.”

challenge your brain

If you’re feeling bored at work or like you just don’t care about what you’re doing anymore, try something new. Volunteer for a project that is outside of your typical duties or take a role in a team that is one you’ve never taken before. In doing so, consider what you really want your career to moving toward and try to make sure the new role supports learning a skill that will be beneficial to the direction you’re looking to go.

Everyone wants to keep growing and learning in their career, and when you have a strategic career plan, that’s a given. Start developing yours today, and if you don’t know what that is, check out last week’s post to get started.


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