25 Jul Are You Consciously Engaged?
What??? Let me explain. I mean are you consciously engaged or unconsciously disengaged from your current role? Do you find yourself daydreaming about what you really would love to do while at work?
That is how I felt up until 2009 when I found myself in the same job for eight years and slowly began to disengage from my role. I no longer wanted to continue with my career at the time, but I did not know what to do – I felt stuck.
Does this sound like you too? Are you engaging in your current role or are you starting to feel that sense of uneasiness and the realisation that you were born to do more?
According to a poll conducted by Gallup, 51% of employees are “not engaged”, and 17.5% are “actively disengaged” at work. That is a cause for concern, don’t you think?
Talent Culture defined engaged employees as
“When employees are engaged, they adopt the vision, values and purpose of the organisation they work for. They become passionate contributors, innovating problem solvers, and stunning colleagues.”
Does this define how you perform at work or how you used to be? If you feel like I felt a few years ago – disinterested and disengaged, check out the signs below:
No Initiative or Enthusiasm
Have you lost interest in your role? Is it becoming a chore to do your most basic tasks? This could be because your position no longer places a demand on your intellectual ability nor poses a challenge due to familiarity.
Increase in Non-Productivity Hours
Do you find yourself extending your lunch break by a few more minutes, frequent coffee breaks, and more conversation with work colleagues than getting the work done? If you find yourself constantly distracted from your tasks, it is time to start looking more in-depth at the problem at hand.
Compliance Could Mean More
Have you stopped bringing ideas to the table? Do you no longer care about team performance or behaviour? Are you compliant because you no longer bother about the results you achieve? If you no longer enjoy the thrill of your role, there is a need for you to look inward first before you look outward.
No Love for Learning
When people stop learning, they die slowly. When was the last time you signed up for a work-related training course because you wanted to learn and not escape from the office? Are you constantly developing yourself to be the best at what you do? Are you tuned off industry related news? If you are not taking steps to improve your skills in your role, this could be a sign of disengagement at work.
If you are disengaged at work, there is a possibility that it could spill over into other areas of your life. If you find yourself disinterested in social events over the weekend and would rather swap a party for a sleep-in, this could mean more than what meets the eye.
Lack of Focus
If you are struggling to focus on the tasks at hand and complete within stipulated deadlines, this could a sign of disengagement, and it could fester if not dealt with.
Everyone has a right to do what they love, either in an employee capacity, as a business owner, freelancer, contractor or even in a voluntary role. When you do what you are passionate about, your best work will surely shine through.
It could be time to find another variation of your role, another way to complete your tasks, something to do on the side or a new position. It surely is time for you to package your passion. Many people assume the first step is to quit their job but it is far from it – after all you have bills to pay. The first step is to find what you love to do and introduce yourself to it while you keep your current role. As you gain confidence, more opportunities will begin to emerge and with time you can change roles.
Life is too short to be stuck in a role you do not enjoy. God created you to live your best life and live on purpose. Is it high time you find what you love and pursue it? There is no harm in exploring the opportunities available to you, and you can start with The Free Resources in our GemBox. Click here to gain access to them and start your route to find something that will engage you joyfully for hours.
My disengagement from my previous role gave me the chance to revisit my priorities and look within. Luckily for me, restructuring at my organisation gave me the ‘get out of jail card’. I packaged my passion, and the rest is history.
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