Disengaged by the daily grind? Time to speak up!
1. Switch up the routine Try shaking things up in how your approach your work every day. Take a walk, move a standing meeting to a different time or day, work in a different room or location. Sometimes the small things help breathe new life into the everyday.
2. Buddy up Schedule a weekly or bi-weekly 30-minute meeting with a colleague that you can vent and exchange ideas with on a call, room, lunch or on a walk. This is a great way to break away from the work conversation and get to know your colleagues better.
3. Start keeping track of the engaging and not-so-engaging Try keeping a small list of what gets and keeps you engaged at work and what causes you to disengage, feel bored or makes you frustrated. This list could be great talking points when meeting with your manager.
4. Conduct an audit of your own work and process Look at what and how you do your work every day. Is there something repetitive that could be optimized? Is there something you could delegate to free up your time? Is there something you want to be doing, but just haven’t gotten around to it? By taking a step back and evaluating, you can start to see opportunities to alter and improve your day-to-day workflow. These are also great nuggets to bring to meetings with your manager(s).
5. Ask if there’s an employee engagement committee – if not, start one. Check to see if there’s a process, committee or individual in charge of managing employee experience and engagement within your organization. If there isn’t, volunteer to start one! This is a great way to bring you and your colleagues (who may feel the same way) together, and it's a great way to begin a feedback loop to leadership. Plus, it looks great on your resume.Sources: 1 State of the American Workforce 2015 - 2016, Gallup 2 DNA of Engagement 2017, The Engagement Institute