en•gage: to occupy a person’s efforts or attention.
A recent Gallup poll indicated that a mere 13% of Americans are engaged at work.
So, which describes you—focused and attentive at work or bored and distracted much of the time?
The desire to feel more engaged at work is one of the most common issues presented by our career counseling clients—and it’s the primary reason why individuals want to change jobs or careers.
The initial cost to employers to train a new employee is about $3,000, not to mention the on-going investment employers make in professional development as years go by.
It’s not surprising that employee engagement has become a key buzz phrase in human resource circles as employers seek to increase retention in a labor pool that is increasingly getting older.
Here are questions to consider as you explore your own work engagement:
• What aspects of your work engage you?
• How do you know when you’re engaged?
• In any given week, what percentage of your time do you spend in activities to which you feel connected?
As you think about your responses, do you see patterns? Are that clues about how you might restructure your work?
Perhaps a conversation with your boss is in order before you assume you have to move on to another position.