July 24, 2020,
All work and no play can lead to a life of drudgery.
We understand the importance of taking responsibility but at times it can be fairly overwhelming.
Get up early in the morning, get the sleep out of your eyes, get dressed, go to work, drive down the freeway, often for at least 20 to 30 minutes, work in a cubicle office, put up with angry co-workers and customers, clock out, drive home, deal with family problems, eat dinner, go to sleep and then wake up and do it all over again.
For twenty years.
We know of someone who lived like that. Or should we say existed like that?
Maybe you have a different version but for many of us we sense fairly similar.
Okay, some of us.
And this was the good version. Some people wake up without a job or family.
According to the global news source CNBC, “Millennials dominate the workforce, but according to a 2016 Gallup poll, 71% of them aren’t engaged at work ― and at least 60% are open to new job opportunities. Gallup’s research, which combined 30 separate studies and data from more than 1 million respondents, found that the millennial workforce is predominantly checked out.”
This media source is not alone in their findings.
Forbes Magazine adds, “According to a 2018 survey by Gallup, 66% of employees worldwide are either not engaged or are actively disengaged in their job. But despite this disengagement, most employees don’t report that they hate their jobs. More often, they lack passion for their roles and don’t care enough to innovate, create, or put anything more into their jobs than the bare minimum.”
There has to be a way to find more fun in life and not just wait for the weekends to participate in it.
What can we do to have a little bit more joy everyday to enjoy it and love something?
Keep thinking about what you love. Over and over. How can you spend more blocks of time thinking and participating in it?
Perhaps we can start by being more engaged in the workplace.
There is an emotional commitment involved.
Engaged employees truly care about their work and their company.
They are not sleepwalking from paycheck to paycheck.
They are finely tuned in to the organization and its goals.
What is a great source of work engagement enlightenment?
“To find out what one is fitted to do, and to secure an opportunity to do it, is the key to happiness.”…John Dewey
Read a book about it.
Here are two found at Amazon.
Happy at Work: 60 Simple Ways to Stay Engaged and Be Successful Paperback – April 8, 2014 by Jim Donovan (Author), Steve Rizzo(Foreword)
“Even in a tight economy, job satisfaction isn’t a luxury; fulfilled, happy employees are productive, innovative, and loyal. And workplace fulfillment spills over into happier families and better communities. Jim Donovan, a small-business owner, consultant, and speaker, has worked with employees and employers for twenty-five years. In that time he has tested and honed these shift-producing strategies on everything from managing time, making decisions, and marking milestones to breaking patterns, bouncing back, and becoming exceptional.
Each tip’s method and rationale are clearly explained. Real workplace vignettes demonstrate the benefits and results that can be gleaned from simple shifts and actions. These tools will empower you with the knowledge that no matter the circumstance, you can think, act, and feel in ways that create purpose, success, and, yes, happiness.”
This all sounds too good to be true but even if it could improve your work life by 25 percent, isn’t it worth a read?
Here is another possibility.
1,001 Ways to Engage Employees: Help People Do Better What They Do BestPaperback– July 23, 2018
“[S]hare these ideas with key members of your company. Together, select a half-dozen ideas that resonate with all of you. Next, devise a plan to systematically implement these. And watch your company grow both in profitability and as a great place to work.” —Inc.com
Employee engagement has been consistently cited as a top and growing priority by CEOs, managers, and human resources leaders across the country. This new title from bestselling author Dr. Bob Nelson will help move any organization from just measuring the need to engage employees to actually changing management behaviors that will lead to a stronger culture of engagement. Your organization will become more effective at both attracting and retaining talent and maximizing the contribution of your employees.
1,001 Ways to Engage Employees:
- Categorizes specific research-based factors proven to impact employee engagement.
- Cites hundreds of examples of what other companies are doing to enhance employee engagement—ideas you can use right now.
- Offers practical insights and advice from hundreds of clients Dr. Bob has worked with.\
- Highlights the key research on employee engagement you need to know and use.
- Is the only resource on the market that guarantees behavioral change on the part of your leaders that will deliver desired results.
Employees are your company’s most important asset. Attracting the best, getting them to do their best work, and keeping them in the organization are critical to your company’s success. 1,001 Ways to Engage Employees gives you all the powerful tools you need.”
Even if this is a good read from a management stand point, you too mind find some tips here because, though young and a student now, one day you might become a manager yourself and part of your responsibility is to find ways for your subordinates to be engaged.
Over the course of our life experiences, we have found that even if you could pearl one important idea from a book, which is from the mind of someone adept at getting a book published, it is worth the effort.
In researching this article, we found that there are some really good books on the subject.
Like it or not, you may spend years working for one organization, like the State or Federal Government or a private company.
Why not make the experience far more engaged and palatable.
Our friend described above certainly wished that he had.
Think about becoming work engaged as soon as possible and there are some great books out there that can at least help you get started.
Here, as some have found out the hard way, earlier is much better than later.
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