I have an announcement. I’m engaged!

“The victim mindset dilutes the human potential. By not accepting personal responsibility for our circumstances, we greatly reduce our power to change them.” ― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

Yes, I’m engaged! It’s an exciting time! I have butterflies in my stomach! I am energized and I can’t wait to start my day!

Wouldn’t you love to hear this from all of your team members?

I know. You probably thought I meant I was engaged to be married. Well, there’s still some truth to this statement.

When you break down what a ‘marriage’ is, it’s simply a commitment or union between two people.

When a team member joins an organization and signs an agreement to be in the working relationship, including a clear understanding of their role and the role of the company, there is an expectation to fulfill the contract.

As a People & Culture Leader for many years now, I entered this profession thinking it was all my responsibility to ensure everyone is happy and engaged. I would feel the heaviness that came from team members who were unhappy and would feel the weight on my shoulders to fix it.

Half way into my career, I started to shift my thinking and realized I couldn’t do it on my own. I started to become more of a facilitator and partnered with the Leaders of the organization and together, we elevated the workplace experiences for our teams.

Now today, as I recall the data from the Gallup 2015 survey stating that 87% of employees are disengaged in the workplace, I started to wonder what the 13% are actually doing to stay engaged.

Companies are not transforming as fast as they would like to. Hence, this rating continues to rise every year. Yet, there’s still a small community of team members who are making it work and finding ways to stay engaged.

I decided to do a little research and talk to friends and colleagues to find out why.

Here are four things I discovered about highly engaged individuals in the workplace.

  1. They are self-aware! They don’t just love taking assessments to learn more about their personality and communication styles, they are emotionally intelligent. They know their strengths, core values, and purpose and they are constantly challenging themselves to move through their limiting beliefs. They have a high respect for themselves and show up confident and grounded. When they have bad days, they are able to move through their emotions and focus on what’s good.
  2. They stay curious! In personal relationships, they are the partners who are planning the next adventure and seeking ways to spice things up. The same motivation happens at work. They are the people who are making stronger connections with their teams and they are curious about what others are doing and creating. They are attending all the team activities and are great ambassadors of the company. They see that every interaction or experience is an opportunity for them to learn and grow.
  3. They love bright spots! When they find problems, rather than just focus on what’s going wrong, they focus on what’s going well. They will search for solutions that can be scaled and shared to improve the overall experience. They can connect the dots easily and find ways to add value and contribute in a bigger way. Everyone wants them on their team!
  4. They are purpose-driven! Yes, they have a clear personal and professional plan. It’s more than just goals. They have a calling that is driving them everyday to create and do more. They always find a way. They see opportunities that most people don’t see and they have the courage to pursue them. They don’t wait for things to happen. They make things happen and they live their life on purpose, with grit and passion.

In Daniel Pink’s book Drive, he states that people are motivated by autonomy, mastery and purpose. These highly engaged individuals know what motivates them and they act on it.

What can you do today to get engaged?

Try one of these activities.

  1. Rediscover and declare your core values.
  2. Write out your life vision plan.
  3. Reflect on what you love about your role and company.
  4. Research a new project or program that can support your role and company.
  5. Set up a team lunch or activity that will create more synergy.
  6. Connect with a team member or Leader that you are curious to learn more about.
  7. Find an opportunity to demonstrate and share one of the company’s core values.
  8. Recognize a team member for living one of their personal or company’s core values.

Remember, great relationships always go both ways. Once you’ve made that commitment, do your best to ensure the connection is meaningful and lasting.

Which one of these activities will you do today?

I would love to hear how your experience went. Share in the comments below and connect with me today!

Lorie Corcuera