Will you marry me? That’s one question that comes to mind when we think about getting engaged.
The engagement I’m speaking of is a little different, although some of the concepts are very much the same. When you think of Employee Engagement, what comes to mind? Perhaps it’s enjoying spending time at your workplace with co-workers you treasure, doing work that you love. Or, maybe it’s the mission and values of your organization and the immense joy that comes with being a part of an extraordinary company.
Want to be engaged? The proposal (pun intended) seems so easy: find a workplace that will value you and the unique gifts you bring to the table; ensure you are passionate about their mission, vision and values; get hired; join the company and get engaged. Simple, right?
Not so fast! According to Gallup Inc.’s latest “State of the Global Workplace” survey, only 29 percent of employees in the U.S. and Canada are engaged.[i] What’s more surprising is that this engagement statistic (low as it is) is actually the highest rate for any region in the world. If only workplace engagement was as successful as proposing to the loves of our lives, where the answer to “will you marry me?” is frequently a resounding “Yes!” Let the engagement begin.
Best-practice organizations tend to put Culture and Employee Engagement right up there with growth and profit as they plan and continuously refine their overall success strategy. These companies demonstrate their care by celebrating you, their Associate, helping make your professional (and sometimes personal) dreams come true. Sound unbelievable? It’s not. Impact Advisors is one such workplace that continues to consistently place Culture and Employee Engagement as a top strategic priority.
What does it mean to be fully engaged at work? Let’s see…
With your current workplace in mind, please answer “yes” or “no” to the following statements:
- I believe my company cares about me as a professional, and as a person.
- I value the people I work with.
- I believe in the mission and values of the organization I work for.
- I feel comfortable freely sharing my ideas and expressing feedback at work.
- I am recognized for my contributions at work.
If you answered “no” to any one of these five statements, stop! This may be a perfect opportunity to re-evaluate your organization’s commitment to you, and yours to it. Just like if the ring your sweetheart gave you required re-sizing to fit your finger, it’s never too late to evaluate the fit between you and your employer and make adjustments as necessary. I challenge you to assess your professional goals and dreams to determine if your current workplace is the “right fit” for you.
Now, back to my original question: will you marry me? As a first step, let’s get engaged!
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[i] Mihelich, Max. “The Value of Engagement.” Talent Management September 2014: 62-63. Print.