Daily Quote: “Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” –Theodore Roosevelt
Many studies are reporting the American workforce is not engaged at work. Although, there can be many good reasons for this problem I am convinced that the one place we don’t look is at our ourselves. We externalize the issue by blaming the “bad and insensitive boss”, boring work, work that doesn’t match our skills or strengths, greedy CEO’s, poor products and services, difficult customer, too little pay or benefits, etc. We can go on and list many more issues for disengagement.
Recently, I came across a message from United Technologies Corporation published in the Wall Street Journal ( part of a series) back in the 1980’s that highlights one of the many issues we forget to mention when talking about “job engagement: “taking pride in our work”.
I take Pride In My Work–author unknown
I’m a little fed up with the constant criticism of American workmanship.
How other people do their jobs is their business.
But I do good work and I know it.
I have perfected my skills.
I make each minute count.
When I make a mistake I correct it.
I would gladly sign my name to every piece of work I do.
I going to hang this message over my work area to let
my employer, my customers, my co-workers
I take pride in my work, I take pride…I take pride…
Self-Coaching Challenge: How engaged are you at work? What are the reasons for your non-engagement? What are you willing to do to change the situation?