In this video, learn how to decipher and identify moments when you sense engagement is low and leverage that as an opportunity to make the experiences better.
- When you're feeling engaged and when you're not feeling engaged, you know. And when you're in an office together, it's really easy to see because you can tell about body language, eye contact, but when you are in a remote setting, it's harder to tell. When you're in a remote meeting, you might be sending emails, you might be scrolling through social media feeds, you might be doing side tasks like chores, and those are all examples of not being engaged. And I think it's important to recognize when those things happen. And the causes could mean in that meeting you don't have clearly defined goals, or it could be there are side conversations that are happening that aren't tracking towards those goals. It could also mean that people aren't asking for your feedback, or maybe nobody even called on you during the meeting, which makes you feel invisible. And these are all moments when you can think about, am I engaged? And if I'm not, how do I make things better? It's also important to think about the difference between solo tasks and collaborative tasks. And we all know those solo tasks where we feel like we want to procrastinate and push them off, or we do them, but we're just feeling a little bit bored. Maybe even you're watching a show while you're doing these tasks. And that's all because our engagement is not tied to the work that we're actually doing. And in collaborative tasks, not feeling engaged might mean not feeling like you're contributing as much as everybody else, or vice versa for another person on that team. Or maybe you feel like you're not being valued, or maybe you feel like you've got more skills to bring to that project that aren't being leveraged. Again, these are moments that you can hack through so you can really try to align what you're good at and what you like. And if you can constantly move towards that direction, you're going to have a more engaging and happier work experience. Now let's talk about your overall job and how engaged you feel about it, because sometimes you lose clarity about the connection between what you're doing every day and how that impacts the overall company and its mission. And if you don't have clear guidelines as to what success looks like for you or where growth and opportunity lies for you, then you might not feel connected to your overall career path, and that's important to have. Something else to consider is your connection with your teammates. How much of your daily satisfaction comes from interacting with the people that you have every day? And if you don't know who they are, what makes them tick, you're also not going to feel engaged. So if that's something that resonates with you, take the time to get to know people a bit more and be vulnerable. Share what makes you work and what your career goals are. Hopefully you learn about that from others, and then you can align on supporting each other towards those goals. It all comes back to taking a temperature check on what feels good and what doesn't, and you can shape the things that don't to be more engaging and hack through them. And the goal here is to really be open with your teammates, have those conversations, take the best of what's working and change what isn't, so you can create a more engaging experience for everybody.