“Flow” and Employee Engagement

FLowWe all know the feeling of becoming so absorbed in our work that we lose track of time.  The author Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi, in his book “Flow” demonstrated the results of hundreds of interviews with successful painters, dancers, poets, and others who had careers which allowed them this vital engagement on a regular basis.  His research showed that while all the paths of these careers are unique, the outcome is the same: there is a connection between the person and their job.
Our 15 years of research on employee engagement shows a similar pattern.  We have found that 28% of employees fit into the “Fully Engaged” category.  A closer examination of this group suggests that employee engagement does not exist because of the person or their environment- but the connection between the two. The fully engaged employee:

  1. Knows how their job contributes to the overall mission and goals of the organization.
  2. Has a job with enough variety to keep them challenged and engaged.
  3. Is able to use their talents and abilities effectively in their current position.

The good news is that you do not have to be a poet or scientist to experience the above factors in your job.  We have researched engagement in jobs that range from manufacturing to university professor; and the findings are still the same.  People experience the highest level of engagement when they feel a connection with their job, they are challenged, and are able to use their talents effectively.
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