Good Idea of the Month:
Engagement at Work
According to our research, Good Work in any domain satisfies three requirements: Excellence, Ethics, and Engagement (the “3 Es”). Engagement in this case signifies that an individual finds their work to be enjoyable or meaningful, and the engaged worker who finds some sort of satisfaction in their profession will be more likely to stay invested and navigate ethical quandaries with skillful nuance.
However, a recent op-ed
in the New York Times
by Barry Schwartz cited disconcerting statistics about engagement on the job: a Gallup poll of last year found that nearly 90 percent of those surveyed felt “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” in the workplace. What can we do to rectify this situation that will allow more people to feel engaged in their work?
Schwartz suggests that we all want to feel engagement in our work but that opportunities to feel engaged are sometimes not provided; when people are presented with the chance to increase engagement in their work, studies indicate that they jump at the chance. Evidence also does not support that we have to give up efficiency for satisfaction; workers can be both efficient and invested.
Schwartz recommends that employees at all levels be given more of a say in how they do their jobs and more opportunities to learn and grow. He also suggests that we emphasize how all lines of work makes the lives of others better, from a doctor curing a patient of an ailment to a fast food worker making a meal easier for a busy parent.
Do you feel engaged in your own work? If yes, what are the factors that allow you to feel engaged? If no, what are the obstacles you face to engagement?