Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Be Thyself: The Secret to Being Happy and Engaged at Work

??Know thyself? was written over the portal of the antique world. Over the portal of the new world, ?Be thyself? shall be written.? –Oscar Wilde

We?ve all seen survey after survey that shows that employee engagement around the world is stuck near record lows. For over a decade the traditional measures have included corporate-wide initiatives from HR, and leadership training for managers.

But all this time we?ve neglected the individual worker. We need to realize that intrinsic motivation matters as much as extrinsic factors.

Know yourself, be yourself.

Based on surveys of over 10 million workers in 150 countries, and on my own experience as a Best Place to Work winner, I?m convinced that the four major drivers of engagement are:

  • Communication
  • Growth
  • Recognition
  • Trust

But of those four items, which ones are most important to you?

A young professional may be more interested in Growth and learning than an older person who is only a couple years away from retirement. One person may be highly motivated by Recognition from her peers, while another may be more engaged by a compelling future vision (i.e., Trust in leadership).

To help individuals uncover their own personal engagement triggers, I developed a 16-question online assessment. Located at this free online profile provides the start to ?knowing thyself?.

Once you know what your own engagement triggers are, you can then focus on ?being yourself? at work, and partnering with your boss to make sure the secrets to your own workplace engagement and happiness are realized.

This is a guest post by Kevin Kruse.?Kevin Kruse?is a New York Times bestselling author. His newest book is Employee Engagement for Everyone: 4 Keys to Happiness and Fulfillment at Work.

Jappreet Sethi

Jappreet Sethi
I am a HR & Business Strategy professional with experience of leading HR & People Consulting practice of multinational professional services firms. I specialize in designing & delivering dynamic learning experiences in service of human development. I have over a decade of experience across various facets of HR and Process Consulting. I am a Six-Sigma Black Belt along with a certification in using Lean for process improvement. I am also a certified user for psychometric instruments like MBTI, FIRO, CPI & Saville Consulting Suite; I am among the few in India who specialize in using Art and Drama for Leadership Development and Personal Counseling. I have been rated twice as one of the Top 100 employee engagement experts in the world by a New York Times bestselling author.

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