Employee Engagement is “the art and science of engaging people in authentic and recognized connections to strategy, roles, performance, organization, community, relationship, customers, development, energy, and well-being as we leverage, sustain, and transform our work connections into results,” according to David Zinger, Employee Engagement Specialist.
“And, according to Scarlett Surveys, ‘Employee Engagement is a measurable degree of an employee’s positive or negative emotional attachment to their job, colleagues and organization that profoundly influences their willingness to learn and perform at work.’” (Quoted in Wikipedia)
Clearly, it is your employer’s obligation to engage you. The question is, are you an engageable employee???
10 Signs That Your Engageability Needs Work:
- Constantly in a bad mood
- Start your emails with “Do it now.”
- Rarely thank others
- Have an “us and them” attitude set in concrete
- Blame everyone else
- Think you are always right
- Badmouth your colleagues and/or your boss
- Take credit for what others do
- See the glass as empty and not even half full
- Do only what you have to, and never anything extra
If you can see yourself in any of these signs, ask your manager for feedback to see if your self-assessment is accurate. Even better, ask for a “360” review that would provide anonymous feedback from your manager, your co-workers and your direct reports. Or, if you’re serious about improving your engageability, you could engage the services of an executive coach.
(Another question for another time would be, “How can we get better at hiring engageable employees?”)