Guest Blogger: Kim Kinyon, Marketing Manager

“Only 31.5% of employees feel engaged in their jobs.” I recently came across an article about employee engagement and the lack of job satisfaction. This number surprised me. Only 31.5% feel a connection to what they do for a living. This article made me wonder do we need to have passion for our jobs to feel engaged or can we learn how to love what we do without the passion?

I find it fascinating that when interviews have been conducted of some financially successful people that there is a common theme, that their success involves their passion in some way. Warren Buffet expressed the importance of success is finding what brings meaning to your life and making it the main focus of each day. Steve Jobs of Apple, Inc. expressed that people should do what they love doing. His belief ‘that people with passion can change the world for the better” is what drove him every day.

I am a realist and I know that there are many factors that may get in the way of actually working in an industry that we are passionate about. Geographical location and financial responsibilities play a part in what we do for a living.  However, I do believe that we can boost our engagement and enjoyment of our jobs even if it isn’t our passion.

It is all about attitude. If we get up daily with the attitude that it is going to be a miserable day because we have to go to work, then chances are our day will be horrible and boring. If we start each day with a positive attitude, positive collaboration with co-workers and with the eagerness to take on challenging tasks, then I do believe that we will feel engaged and just possibly find passion in what we already do.

Looking for more ways to become engaged in your job? Read “Five Ways to Boost Employee Engagement” By Tom Gimbel, Marketing News. https://www.ama.org/publications/MarketingNews/Pages/five-ways-to-boost-employee-engagement.aspx

Please share below in the comments any tips that you may have for developing more positive engagement at work.

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