Believe it or not, organisations are not the only ones responsible for ensuring that their workforce are engaged in their work, it’s also down to the people themselves – shared accountability.
People quit when they lose interest in their jobs, when challenges, empowerment and recognition is lacking. They quit when there’s next to no opportunity for growth and development, if their work environment is toxic, and if their passion-level has hit rock bottom.
If you stay with an organisation for over a year, the truth is, lulls in job satisfaction and employee engagement are highly likely.
However, employees can do a lot to rekindle the spark, and re-engage with the excitement they experienced upon first arriving at their current position.
Make a conscious choice to become engaged in your work. Engagement will require an increased amount of energy and effort. Without the real desire to put this effort in, engagement will be difficult.
Do a good job. Complete your work on time and with enthusiasm. Go above and beyond what’s expected of you by suggesting areas that need further work. Go out on a limb and ask for a challenge. Step up to the plate for every task you’re given; being trustworthy is a starting point to being engaged.
Keep a positive attitude. Express optimism and good humour at work and try not to complain. This is not only professional, remaining positive goes a long way to enjoying work more and becoming more engaged.
Offer constructive suggestions. Share ideas you have to make your work more efficient with your manager. If it involves purchasing a new piece of equipment or supplies, give examples about how the added cost will pay in terms of productivity and efficiency. Offer to take on additional training to help carry out your job better.
Take A Lead
Volunteer for leadership positions. Offer to work on office committees during your own time or as part of your daily tasks. Getting involved with areas which propel the organisation forward, even if they fall outside of your regular remit, shows a commitment to the organisations overall success.
Promote the organisation at work and in your daily life. Share the organisations vision and values in conversations with colleagues and customers. Being an advocate for the business is a way to feel good about the job you do and the positive results that come from your engagement in your work.
There really is no justiﬁcation for an employee to wait expectantly for the organisation to furnish engagement, as if it’s something somebody can give you. The key to sustainable high engagement levels is taking your own responsibility for it. Now is the time to own your own engagement.
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