How to feel more engaged at work

Feeling more engaged at work will fuel your performance, help you overcome challenges and enhance your high-performance happiness.

This tool will help you feel more engaged, whatever your playing conditions.

 

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What will it do?

Use this tool to help you feel more engaged, whatever your playing conditions.

It’ll take 15 minutes to complete first time round then use as often as necessary until you’re feeling it.

Three steps to take

Get focused on the things that will make the most impact for you.

Step 1

Think about the things you need to feel connected emotionally to any activity. A good sign that you’re feeling that way is that when you’re doing that thing, it fills you with positive energy – happiness, excitement, curiosity…

e.g. I like to feel like I’m learning something

List your top 5 things here:

Step 2

Now think about a typical day at work. What are the regular events and opportunities that provide a great opportunity to bring those things listed above to life:

e.g. team huddles – I’m going to use these to figure out how other people get stuff done

List them here:

Step 3

Think about your sense of control, confidence and connectedness. List one thing you could do to improve each.

e.g.

  • control – I’m going to focus on accepting the conditions in front of me and choose to respond to them in a way that’s good for me
  • confidence – I’m going to learn how to do some new things and the opportunities to do that are….
  • connectedness – I’m going to remind myself every day of the things that help me feel part of something bigger through work; providing for my family, working with great people on my team, providing a great service to our customers and taking pleasure from that.

Control

Confidence

Connectedness

Your plan

Get a plan Stan.

The basics you need to have in your plan are set out below. As well as these we’d encourage you to:

  • Think about the people who need to know that you’re using this tool and tell them what you’re doing. That way they can support you and won’t think you’re just being weird.
  • Think about the impact you want from using this tool. Depending on your starting point, how hard you work and how ambitious you are, you might not get that impact straight away. So valuing progress rather than perfection will help build your confidence and keep you going.

Plan basics

  1. What are you going to do? (This bit is easy – it’s probably the 3 things listed above.)

    My actions:

  2. When are you going to do these things? (You don’t have to be great to get going, but you better get going if you want to be great)

    My start date:

  3. How often will you be doing them? (Getting great has a lot to do with making things a habit)

    Check-in frequency and dates:

Get serious

The difference between having a plan and making it work is about action. So get this in your diary now. Tell the people who need to know so that they can support you and won’t just think you’re being weird. Do it now.

Remember, it’s progress not perfection. You’re looking for gradual improvement, not for Rome to be built in a day.