Six Strategies to Keep You Engaged at Work
Adapted from the book: The Talent Advantage by Dr. Alan Weiss and Dr. Nancy MacKay, published by Wiley.
Engaged employees have the highest productivity because they show up mentally and physically every day with a high degree of motivation to deliver extraordinary results.
The following six strategies will keep you engaged at work.
1. Build friendships with people at work.
- On a scale of 1 (low)- 10(high), how satisfied are you with the friendships you have at work?
- Love and connection is the most important emotional need that people have to stay motivated.
- We spend roughly 50% more time with our customers, coworkers, and bosses than we do with our friends, significant others, children and other relatives combined.
- Gallup research shows that without a best friend at work, the chances of being engaged in your job are 1 in 12.
- Gallup research shows that employees who have a close friendship with their boss are more than 2.5 times as likely to be satisfied with their job.
Action Item: If you want to be more engaged at work, develop at least three strong friendships at the office, maybe even one with your boss.
2. Develop a learning and growth plan on a quarterly basis.
- On a scale of 1 (low)- 10(high), how satisfied are you with the opportunity you have to learn and grow in your current role?
- Learning and growth is a life-long emotional need that people have to stay motivated.
- You currently have skills, behaviours and experience that enable you to deliver results.
- Action Item: Identify learning and growth objectives and develop a 90-day action plan to improve your skills, behaviours and experience in required areas to help you achieve your full potential.