Engagement is a Personal Choice
“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”; is a common saying, but staying positive during negative circumstances is easier said than done. A picture-perfect, stress free workplace does not exist and with 87 percent of the population unengaged at work, according to Gallup, it is safe to say every person faces some sort of tension at work no matter the industry or region they are in. However, there is a choice on how you cope with frustration and negativity.
Your choices at work define your experience and job satisfaction. We all have our work nightmares, but happiness is a voluntary preference that can transform your work experience into a positive memory. If employees assume they have no part in building their own engagement, management and business leaders have a limited effect on improving it.
Engagement is a motivational method nearly all employees crave, but many employers have trouble executing effectively. Each person is inspired in their own way, making it sometimes challenging to engage an entire company for long periods. A company can only motivate all its employees to a certain point. Therefore, taking charge of your personal engagement and development is necessary in most cases in order to drive yourself further and find happiness within your work life.
Asking for guidance during a task is helpful, but using self-reflection betters yourself by building character, knowledge and leadership skills. For example, a common complaint for companies is a lack of communication. However, complaining does not positively change the issue. In fact, it only further complicates the situation. Seeking resources to find a “happy medium” is a solution that puts you in charge and shows your employer that you are able to handle stressful and negative situations, ultimately turning them around for the better of the company.
Maximizing on your potential is also a useful method to increasing your happiness and engagement at work. We enjoy doing things that we are good at; therefore capitalizing on strengths improves our mood and decreases our stress levels. According to a recent study by Gallup, Americans who utilize their strengths zero to three hours a day are 50 percent more stressed than those who use their potential 10 or more hours a day.
While business leaders and management are responsible for many engagement initiatives, your true happiness and drive comes from how you personally cope with negative situations. Taking control of your own engagement and capitalizing on your development and strengths will give you that motivational push needed to feel satisfied and content with your work life.