Imagine coming to work and not only liking what you do, but genuinely enjoying it and even being excited? Work engagement can be understood as a quite stable state of motivation and positive feeling where the work practically sweeps the employee off their feet.
Work engagement consists of three sections: vigor, dedication and absorption. Vigor is a state of energetic excitement, a desire to go to work and put effort into it. Dedication is connected to feelings of meaning and pride of one’s work. Absorption means deep dedication and joy while working.
Benefits for you (and your boss, too)!
When you experience work engagement you are more likely to be more satisfied with your job. Engagement works as buffer against work related demands and stress. When you experience work engagement you’ll be more proactive, more committed to your work, more willing to help you team members, and will have an increased motivation to learn. These all together lead to a better work performance.
Like these work-related benefits wouldn’t already be enough, that’s not all! It appears, that if you are engaged in your job, you are more likely to have more positive view of life in general. Studies have shown that work engagement is related to self-estimated physical and mental health. In addition, being engaged in your job predicts fewer symptoms of depression – and the effect has appeared in the long run, as well!
If my work is boring, is there anything I can do?
Most of us hate the idea of working in a dull environment full of routines, so we have collected good tips on how to make your job more exciting! Sometimes we think we can’t influence our job, or we think it is only our supervisor’s responsibility to make us excited for our work. Nope. That’s not the case!
There are many things you can do. For starters, you can start to pay attention to your job resources. Job resources are features of our jobs that bring us joy and energy, reduce work-related stress and promote personal development. They also help us achieve goals so all in all – they promote work engagement! Supportive and innovative work climate, good collegial relationships, autonomy, task variation and continuous feedback are examples of different resources.
Learning new things and challenging yourself keeps you high-spirited, as well! In addition, when you remember to take enough time to recover after – but also during – the work day, you can boost your work engagement. It’s easier to be excited about your work, when you are well rested, right?
Try job crafting!
When an employee is actively trying to shape their own job e.g. by increasing their job resources it is called job crafting. Each individual has unique strategies to make their job more enjoyable, but if you don’t know where to start, we have some Mighty Tips for you:
- Try to use one of your top strengths in a new way.
- Organize a sociable coffee hour
- Have an energizing break workout.
- Offer your help to someone.
- Ask your team member to teach something new to you.
Psst! By your actions you can help your colleagues get excited for their work as well: Work engagement spreads around in the workplace through interactions with enthusiastic and inspired team members! Why not get started today?
Bakker, A. B., Schaufeli, W. B., Leiter, M. P., & Taris, T. W. (2008). Work engagement: An emerging concept in occupational health psychology. Work & stress, 22(3), 187-200.
Hakanen, J., Harju, L., Seppälä, P., Laaksonen, A., & Pahkin, K. (2012). Kohti innostuksen spiraaleja.