Teri A. Coutu
Business & Marketing Consultant
If you read articles about employee engagement, most of them talk about what business leaders need to do in order to motivate their team to get (and keep) them engaged so they are more productive. However, engagement is something each of us need to take responsibility for if we want to live a meaningful and content life.
While there are many definitions of engagement, I see it as a positive emotional and cognitive attachment to work, people, community, and/or goals that motivates a person to do and be their best. For instance, if you feel positively “engaged” with your spouse, friends, or your kids, you will naturally want to be kind, helpful, loving, and supportive. You’re more likely to go out of your way to do things that build and solidify the relationship, and less likely to create and engage in conflicts that threaten it. The same applies to engagement at work – the more you feel like you’re part of the team, the more you will want to help make the team stronger.
Connect & Engage
Unfortunately, when we don’t feel connected, we often close off and disengage. And, these days, with all the stress and social distancing, most people are definitely not feeling connected to much of anything or anyone. If this sounds familiar, it’s important to recognize that the best person to increase your engagement at work or home is you! Here are five things you can do to increase engagement in your life:
Whether at work or at home, there is no one more responsible for your happiness than you. So, take some time to identify the areas where you feel engaged and where you don’t, and then do what YOU need to drive your own engagement. Life is MUCH more enjoyable when we’re actively engaged, and you deserve an enjoyable life!