When do you feel engaged at work?

We all need different things to feel fully engaged at work. By understanding your own preferences and needs, you can build a feeling of commitment and engagement in relation to your company, peers and manager. 

Here are some questions that can help you better understand what it takes for you to feel fully engaged at work.  

How do I best communicate? 

Communication is key for both building relationships and ensuring that important information doesn’t fall through the cracks. Communication can be everything, from small things to big stuff.

  • How often should I have one-on-one meetings with my manager or peers? 
  • What kind of information is important for me?
  • How important is face to face communication for me?
  • What is the best way to give feedback? 
  • What is most important when it comes to communication in the workplace? 

What level of trust do I need?

When team members trust one another, they feel safe to share their ideas and become more effective. In a  trusting environment, people are better aligned with each other and the company objectives.

  • How important is it for me to have a manager that believes in me?
  • Am I confident that my management team will overcome current and future challenges? 
  • How do I show trust in the workplace?
  • Do I feel trusted to get my job done?

When do I feel recognized? 

To feel appreciated and valued at work is important for engagement and motivation. People need to feel that they are recognized  and everyone (not only managers) must remember to take time to celebrate small wins and offer positive feedback. 

  • Do I feel appreciated at work?
  • How often do I give positive feedback to my team?
  • How important is it for me that someone asks me for my opinion?
  • How often do I say thank you? 

What support do I need to grow? 

Personal and career growth are crucial parts of employee engagement. Once you reach your peak, you will start to become disengaged and unmotivated.

  • How important is it for me to have a mentor to help guide my career?
  • How important is career advancement for me?
  • What is the most important for me when it comes to career?
  • How long do I see myself stay in my current role? 

These are all difficult questions. Our recommendation is that you start by asking yourself these questions and/or discuss these questions with your manager and peers. This is an ongoing process and you should expect to work with these questions continuously. We believe that work should be a source of purpose and meaning in life and that companies, managers, and employees have a shared responsibility to make the most out of the time spent at work. 

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