Everything You Need to Know About Staying Engaged at Work (Infographic)

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20 December 2016 | Career Advice | Guest Author

Once hired into their first "real job," many new grads struggle to pay attention at work. They chalk their distraction up to bad habits learned in college, where students often procrastinate to avoid intimidating assignments. Or they blame low pay, since new hires usually earn far less than their colleagues.

But can bad habits or low salaries really be the reason recent grads feel disengaged?

According to research, it's unlikely. Nearly 3 in 4 workers show symptoms of disengagement at work—regardless of pay. So while more money might be nice, it probably won't help you stay focused.

The real problem has to do with taking ownership of one's work: when surveyed, employees ranked challenge and responsibility as the number one factor in workplace engagement. Yet recent grads typically work under supervision, struggle to prove their merit, or get assigned mundane tasks experienced coworkers don't want. This lack of responsibility can be disillusioning, especially since millennials are known for their "superhero" mentality and desire to be useful.

While some managers try to help their team stay engaged, you'll more than likely have to take this matter into your own hands. To help you get started, Company Folders has compiled everything you need to know about workplace engagement and motivational tactics. Here's a sneak peek of what you'll learn:

  • Symptoms of disengagement
  • Top 5 reasons employees disengage from their work
  • Costs of disengagement and how it impacts turnover
  • What makes a fulfilling workplace (besides money)
  • Four motivational styles to help you stay focused at work


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