Going the extra mile counts.
What happens when someone gives more effort than is expected? And when your waiter does more than required?
People who go the extra mile are in the minority in today’s workplace. Gallup’s recent worldwide survey reports that only 13% of employees are engaged in their jobs.
Where are you?
Here are Gallup’s definitions. What do you see?
- Engaged. You work with passion and feel a profound connection to your company. You push innovation and move your organization forward.
- Not Engaged. You’re checked out – sleepwalking through your workday – putting your time in but not energy or passion.
- Actively Disengaged. You aren’t just unhappy at work you are busy acting out your unhappiness. You undermine what others are accomplishing.
Harvard Business Review reports engagement levels for the United States. Only 30% are Engaged or “emotionally invested in and focused on creating value for their organizations every day.” Those Not Engaged account for 52% of the workforce and 14% are Actively Disengaged. Where are you?
Why does your engagement matter?
Yes, employee engagement leads to business growth and higher profits. But what if you don’t own the business? Why does it matter?
Who do you want to work with? Engaged employees collaborate and contribute to the good things happening at the office. They are involved, enthusiastic, and committed, accountable and responsible. They not only understand their assignment but also look for new and better ways to achieve outcomes. Productivity is high.
Gallup’s study also reports characteristics associated with engaged employees:
- They are more optimistic about the economy.
- They describe their life as thriving.
- They have more positive daily interaction.
The path to engagement
Here are four mile markers adapted from Gallup’s research. Where are you on the journey?
- Just Starting: So, what’s in it for me? Feeling secure.
- Moving Forward: How do I make my contribution? Feeling valued.
- Gaining Speed: How am I connected, is it a good fit? Feeling accepted.
- Got Momentum: Where is the opportunity for my development? Are my ideas being considered? Feeling confident.
Going the extra mile is a good thing. Life is better for everyone when you do more than just show up.
Here’s to your Next Level,