How to become engaged in the workplace

According to extensive studies conducted by Gallup Management Journal, only 29% of employees are engaged in their work and what’s more surprising is that 54% are disengaged (mentally checked out).

In this critical economic time where employers are actively looking to streamline their employee base, it is more important than ever to become engaged in order to continue long-term employment.

Below are some ways to do just that. Enjoy!

David Lammert

12 Ways to Become an Engaged Employee
Abridged: The Fordyce Letter
By: Maureen Sharib

Assisting your employees now with these 12 common-sense guidelines is one strategy you can implement to improve your company’s ability to preserve and develop what has become its most valuable asset – its people. Happy and satisfied employees accomplish amazing things.

1. Evaluate what you’ve done right. Continue or increase your commitment to the positive ways you currently contribute as an employee.

2. Treat your employer right. In all likelihood, your employer pays you a competitive salary, some give you benefits, and training and many of them acknowledge your contributions. Give it back. Let them know you appreciate all that they do for you and the opportunity they have given you. Remember, much of this “opportunity” comes with great risk to them. Give them credit for their belief in you.

3. Get your financial information organized. If your finances are in disarray it’s a pretty good chance your work is too. Get organized and resolve to reduce and finally eliminate your debt. Check your credit reports periodically. Pay your bills on time.

4. If you’re customer-facing, increase your efforts with your employer’s best customers. Help your employer stay the course by not being one of the companies your customers “cut bait” with. Work with them, serve them well, and make sure your company is unforgettable!

5. Market yourself. In down-turns, one of the first things that get the sharp axe in most big companies is the employee roster. It’s a fact of life; stock prices drive corporate decisions. It’s nothing personal but you need to be in a position that allows you to land on your feet. If you keep up with your own “marketing” your own market share will increase! Market, market, market (yourself)!

6. Diversify your income stream. If you’ve always wanted to own your own business, begin now. Nothing happens overnight. Just about every successful enterprise starts out small and grows daily. Begin now. Use your weekends/ evenings. Today will never come around again. (Use caution: Many people use the phrase “multiple streams of income” to lure you into bad investments or second businesses you know little about or don’t have time to manage. Don’t fall into this trap.)

7. Make friends with and network with recruiters. You never know when one might come in handy.

8. Save money. $50 a week will compound into a fortune over 40 years. A savings account in the lean times will give you courage and help you stay the course.

9. Develop an annual business plan for your enterprise (yes, that’s YOU!). Just like for a business, develop one for yourself. Start thinking of yourself as a business and learn to make decisions for one. It can be a simple plan, but do it!

10. Attend trade shows, conferences, seminars, take classes, and gather new skills, read things! Stay up-to-date in your industry. Create a blog, talk about what’s going on for You, Inc. Contribute something somewhere. Bring more to the table than you take away. Do stuff! Lose the 9-to-5 mentality.

11. Think of yourself as an asset because that’s what an engaged employee is. Your brain is your most important business commodity. Add to it – nobody can ever take away what’s in it.

12. Finally, remember what truly matters. Tell your loved ones what they mean to you. Become the person you always wanted to be.

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