I love my Job
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People who love their jobs rather than just turning up for the pay check, are engaged by it and gain meaning from it.
Research by the Gallup Organisation has identified that employees need the following to feel engaged by their work:
- Role clarity: Employees know what is expected of them at work.
- Talent utilisation: Workers have opportunities to use their talents in their roles every day.
- Recognition: Employees receive recognition regularly and feel cared for.
- Communication: Workers receive ongoing feedback on their performance and have regularly scheduled progress discussions.
- Bonding: Employees have strong bonds with their coworkers.
- Development: Employees have opportunities to learn and grow.
You might consider these factors to be the responsibility of your manager or your organisation to provide. It is true that organisations that value their employees and managers who understand people leadership will have these factors in mind; however you do have a Self Leadersip responsibility for your own engagement.
Psychologist, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi studied thousands of people and discovered that we bounce between two extremes: during much of the day we live filled with the anxiety and pressures of our work and obligations, while during our leisure moments, we tend to live in passive boredom. The key to happiness is therefore to challenge ourselves with tasks requiring a high degree of skill and commitment and to become fully engaged in these activities.
When we are fully engaged in an activity we enter into a state of ‘flow’, a state where time goes away and the task seems effortless. We tend to experience such ‘flow’ moments when playing a sport or engaged in a hobby. Imagine skiing down a mountain with all of your attention focused on making the turns, you are unlikely at this moment to be worrying about trivial issues. Another aspect of a flow moment is that feedback is immediate; the mountain climber knows he or she is one step closer to the goal.
So how do you create more flow moments in your job?
- Constantly find challenges that will stretch your skill level, especially if it requires learning something new.
- Set goals and request feedback that lets you know how you are doing in the short rather than long-term.
- Find meaning in what you do