Becoming an Engaged Employee

“Employee engagement is about connecting with the company”, explains Sharlyn Lauby. “When employees are connected, they understand what it takes for the company to be successful, want to see the organization succeed and are willing to do what it takes to help the business get there”.

Multiple studies claim there is a connection between employee engagement and the success of the company. This can help to explain the growing number of organizations who are measuring their employee engagement, and getting feedback abut how employees feel about their job and the company. A recent study by Gallup revealed that only about 30% of the US employee population was considered engaged in their work.

According to Dale Carnegie Training, the top three drivers of employee engagement are: the employee’s relationship with his or her immediate supervisor, belief in senior leadership,  and pride in working for the company.

These 12 statements should help you measure and increase your engagement at work

I know what is expected of me at work. Meet regularly with your manager to ensure you are both on the same page.

I have the materials and equipment I need to do my work right. If you need tools to do you job, find out what it will take to get those tools. Determine any costs involved, build a case for it, and present to your manager.

At work, I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day. If you aren’t maximizing your potential at work, have a discussion with your manager. See if you can find a solution you both agree on, and put it into place so you can do more of your best work and make your manager and company look good.

In the past 7 days, I have received recognition or praise for good work. Assuming people know about your good work, you should be recognized for your efforts. If no one is noticing your work it may be that you haven’t communicated your achievements to the group. If you don’t speak up, nobody is going to notice.

My supervisor, or someone at work, seems to care about me as a person. Developing a relationship with co-workers and management requires you to share information about yourself. Getting to know your team is essential, so go out of your way to connect in the office.

There is someone at work who encourages my development. Someone is more likely to help you foster your development if he or she sees potential and your desire to improve. Are you coming across as someone who is open to receiving help? You must be approachable.

At work, my opinions seems to count. Share you opinions and keep it positive. Others are more likely to take your opinion into consideration when it is positive and doesn’t criticize or focus on the negative.

The mission or purpose of my company makes me feel my job is important. Do you agree with what the company believes and stands for? Keep these beliefs in mind and stand by them.

My associates or fellow employees are committed to doing quality work. You don’t get to choose your co-works, but if you could wouldn’t you choose those individuals who are as committed as you? Working with employees who aren’t motivated is toxic to any organization.

I have a best friend at work. Co-workers who have common interests may become good friends. What better reason to want to go to work?

In the past 6 months, someone at work has talked to me about my progress. Knowing how you’re doing, and where you have room to improve can only make for a better employee. Initiate this conversation if you aren’t getting any feedback.

In the past year, I have had opportunities at work to learn and grow. Make this a reality by setting specific professional development goals and look for opportunities.

Getting feedback from your employees and keeping them actively engaged is a great way to ensure the success of your company.

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