The Daily Challenge: Are you your work?


Engagement impacts more than just your performance.

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Time to Read: 4 Mins

Engagement is a metric measured daily by Gallup, a global management consulting company.

Gallup defines engagement as "those who are involved in, enthusiastic about and committed to their work and workplace." 

For the past 30 years or so, the report has indicated that 60% to 70% of American workers are unengaged in their job.

While this metric matters a great deal to employers and managers (it impacts retention and productivity of employees), your own level of engagement is something you should be paying attention to on a regular basis.

How involved, enthusiastic or committed do you feel when it comes to your job? 

Your specific level of engagement at work likely varies from day to day or week to week, but being unengaged on a consistent basis can have a negative impact on your career. It can negatively impact your motivation and productivity, ultimately leading to lower performance.

Before you can adjust the levers that impact your engagement, you just first understand what those levers are. Take a few minutes to identify your engagement levers below: 

Step 1: Grab a sheet of paper and answer these questions: 

  • What does "work" mean to you?

  • How should work interact with your life?

We all have certain expectations around how work should be, how much it should interact with our lives. For some people it should be an outlet for creativity or a way to learn and grow, while others see work as simply a way to live their desired lifestyle. 

Step 2: Make two lists: 

  • List 1: Write down when you feel most engaged (i.e., committed, enthusiastic or motivated to your job)This list may include specific tasks (i.e. a new project), time of day (i.e., early in the morning), or when you're working with specific people in your company.  

  • List 2: Write down when you feel least engaged. 

Step 3: Identify two steps you could take immediately to reduce the moments when you feel least engaged and increase the moments when you feel more engaged.  

Pro Tip: These are fairly complicated questions and your answers today might be very different than if you answered the same questions a week from now. Partner with a coach to clarify your sources of motivation and commitment and create an action plan.

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