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Get More Involved at Work Summary:
- We spend the better part of our lives at work.
- Ask these top five questions to your human resources and/or operations team to get more involved at work.
- How you can best promote employee engagement.
For many, work is an “in and out” situation. You get in, do your thing, and then head out for the day. Work is not to be thought of until the next day. However, some employees like to take their involvement in work to the next level. Work can be a place of social interactions just as much as it is a place of business. It is estimated that the average person will spend one-third of their life at work. So why not make the most of it?
Getting more involved in work is a great way to build relationships and a rapport with colleagues as well as learn more about the company and what is important to the business. Additionally, it is no question that when social interactions are fostered at work, it makes for a better work environment. The happier the employees, the better the business performs.
By asking the below questions, you will get a better sense of where to step in and where there is a chance for something new.
How Can I Get More Involved at Work?
Maybe the desire to get more involved at work is there, but you are unsure where to get started. Here are some questions you can ask yourself and your human resources and/or operations team:
- What committees does your employer have or offer?
- What company events does your employer host?
- What networking events does your employer promote attending or host?
- What philanthropy efforts is your employer involved in?
- Do you follow your employer on social media? Do you share the company’s content?
If the answer is “no” to any of those questions above, consider any opportunities to form a new committee or team bonding event. Taking the initiative to create an occasion for the staff to come together is a sure-fire way to get more involved with work.
Maybe you are not the event planning type, but still enjoy the thought of getting involved with work and building relationships with your colleagues. There is a lot to be said about watercooler chats, coffee breaks, and lunch with co-workers – remotely or in-person! Take time to schedule one-on-ones with co-workers outside of your department.
Are you starting a new remote job? Check out our article on what you can do as a new employee to help set yourself up for success and start building relationships on day one.
How to Get Staff Buy-in and Employee Engagement
It takes a certain finesse to engage a whole group of people for participation in just about anything, especially when trying to engage remote staff. When sharing an initiative or an event, share as much information as possible to give the group the full picture from the start.
To get the word out, if you can, host a kickoff call to share verbally about the event or initiative. Opening the floor for discussion and reaction is often well received. From there, ensure your co-workers are aware of the timing of the event or initiative. Get an invite on all calendars as soon as possible as well as any appropriate reminders leading up to the event. Lastly, be the ultimate face of the event or initiative. Be communicative and open for questions, comments, and feedback.
We spend the better part of our lives at work, so why not make it more interesting. The to-do list will always be there, but we are all human after all. The best place to start when seeing how you can get involved with work is going to your human resources and/or operations team and asking what initiatives and events are already set in place. From there, decide what you can join or create to boost employee engagement.