On a scale of one to five, how engaged are you in your job?
If that number’s less than you’d like, you’re not alone. In 2015, only 32 percent of U.S. workers felt engaged in their current job.
The reasons for a waning enthusiasm can stem from a host of factors, but the bottom line is, a lack of engagement doesn’t have to be permanent.
“Individuals who are engaged in their job have more fun, they feel more connected to their place of employment, they’re more likely to have good social relationships, and it contributes to their all-around wellbeing,” explains Lisa Sansom, a positive interventionist who helps bring out the best in organizations and their people.
Examine your level of engagement and consider which of these steps will help put that spring back in your work-a-day world.
- Get to Know Your Co-workers
A top reason employees love their job? Forty percent claim on-the-job friendships are a key factor in job enjoyment. Bonding with co-workers makes for a better working environment. And everyone knows that effective teamwork does wonders for productivity. So, put some effort into making your fellow employees more than acquaintances.
- Make Contributions
If you sit back and observe the daily happenings without being an active participant, no wonder your level of engagement is heading south. Taking an active part in brainstorming, presenting ideas, sharing insights, and simply getting involved in what’s transpiring is one of the best ways to boost your level of engagement.
A ho-hum attitude is in large part a conscious decision. Sure, you get your work done, but when you choose not to get into the mix, you’re in essence choosing to stay disengaged. At the very least, hop aboard the excitement of your co-workers.
- Branch out and learn something new
Is the company preparing to launch new software? Is the IT department installing new equipment? How about the memo asking for volunteers to scout out the competition?
The ho-hums tend to settle in deeper the longer a person’s been with the same company so look for opportunities to branch into new territory. Anything that challenges your brain and your creativity will get the engagement juices flowing again. Learning new things can bolster your enthusiasm and even boost energy levels.
- Set aside time for introspection
Spending some time looking back can help you chart a course for what’s ahead. Review why you wanted this job in the first place. What were your goals? Have you accomplished them? How have you grown and developed while there?
If the goals have been met, great, set some new ones. If not, what steps can you put in place to move toward completion? Maybe you’ve accomplished more than you realized and that discovery will fuel a new enthusiasm. Introspection can confirm a new set of goals, reaffirm your reason for remaining at the company and make clear the direction to head in the future.
A concerted effort to engage on the job can make you feel more inspired and confident, paving the way for a more enthusiastic and empowered work experience.
At B. Loehr Staffing we are all about engaged employees who find purpose in and derive enjoyment from their employment opportunities. Our team of staffing specialists can assess your skill set and direct you toward a position that meets your career goals. Contact us today.