How to be more Engaged at Work?

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How to be more Engaged at Work

Being in the flow

Do you wish you are more engaged at work?

Many of us may not find our work to be something we enjoy. But, truth is that we spend significant portion of our time awake at work. Hence, wouldn’t it make sense for us to be proactive in being engaged in the work we do?

The PERMA Model to a Flourishing Life

According to the PERMA model created by Dr. Martin Seligman, American psychologist, author and founder behind positive psychology movement, engagement is the second building block to achieving well-being. When we experience engagement, or “flow”, we become fully engaged and immersed in the activity. 

When we feel engaged, time just flies by and we forget about everything else. Floods of positive neurotransmitters and hormones boost your feelings of well-being and help us stay in the present and enjoy the activities that make us feel focused and involved. When you are able to experience this flow on a regular basis at work, you will feel far more satisfied.

Read this article to find out if you are flourishing at work using the PERMA Model!

Why leveraging on your strengths is the best way to be more Engaged at Work

Rather than seeing work as “work” and not feeling fulfilled, it is possible to change that! My secret for how to be more engaged at work is to LEVERAGE ON YOUR STRENGTHS. This is exactly how you can do so.

Identify your strengths

I can’t stress more about the importance of leveraging your strengths at work! People who use their strengths at work are more likely to be satisfied, energized, perform better and experience happiness at work! Hence, it is important you are aware of your strengths and re-craft your job to utilize or develop your strengths. Unsure of what your top strengths are? If so, check out the free strengths test from VIA.

Re-craft your role based on your strengths

Re-crafting your work to leverage on your strengths will help you to be engaged and get that “flow”! An experience I had was many years ago when I was in a financial controller role, where my role was primarily book keeping, month end closing and reporting. Yes, many of you would agree it is not the most sexy job.

One of my strengths is seeing big picture and generating ideas and solutions. When there was an opportunity for a system implementation project, I immediately raised my hands for it. Yes, I did worked my a** off for a few months, but I also got the recognition and convinced my boss that my role should be tweaked so I can leverage more of my top strengths.

Speak to your manager to discuss how the role fits into your strengths

If I still have not been clear enough in the earlier example, yes, speak to your manager if you feel that your work scope is not leveraging on your top strengths! As the manager, I lost count of the times I had re-craft a staff’s work scope to maximize the use of the person’s strengths. It benefits both the employee and organization, so is a win-win situation! Don’t be afraid to bring this up this to your manager (or their manager)! =)

Create the space for flow and non-flow

So, the reality is that your role may still encompass tasks that are not your favorites. The key is not to shaft those tasks to the back end and failing to deliver them on time or at optimal quality. I have seen numerous instances where my staff would submit a spectacular piece of work that they are passionate about, but fail to deliver the “less desired” work on time! This is not acceptable!

The trick is to be intentional in scheduling the space for flow and non-flow! This means prioritizing and scheduling the tasks that you enjoy and get the flow in AND the urgent tasks that need to get done but do not give you the flow. This way, you will less likely to miss a deadline or deliver a sub-par product. Remember, NO SCHEDULE means NO ACTION.

Elynn Teo | Creator | The Mind Studio
Elynn Teo | Creator | The Mind Studio

From a finance-leader to a coach, Elynn is passionate about empowering others to become a better version of themselves and live a flourishing life.  

Elynn spent 18 years working in highly dynamic and fast-paced corporate environments and held various global leadership roles. During this time, Elynn had the privilege to lead and serve global and virtual teams. And, it is through these beautiful souls that Elynn discovered her passion of empowering others to become a better self.

Elynn holds a Bachelor in Accountancy, Graduate Diploma in Applied Positive Psychology and Graduate Certificate in Counselling. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Counselling.

How to Increase Positive Emotions at Work

5 Tips for How to Increase Positive Emotions at Work

Positive Emotions at Work

Positive Emotions = Happy ?

Many people mistake positive emotions for happy feelings. In reality, positive emotions are beyond happy feelings and include excitement, joy, confidence, hope, gratitude, optimism, satisfaction and inspiration and more.

Why do we need to experience Positive Emotions?

Many research has shown that positive emotions are essential for anyone who wants to lead a happy and healthy life. Additionally, studies have shown numerous benefits that positive emotions can bring to one’s life. This includes but not limited to:

  • Reduction in stress and boost to general well-being
  • Promotes more effective coping mechanism
  • Foster resilience
  • Improve memory
  • Positive impact on relationships

The PERMA Model to a Flourishing Life

Positive Emotions is the first element of the PERMA model created by Dr. Martin Seligman, American psychologist, author and founder behind positive psychology movement. To summarize, this element is about identifying and recognizing positive emotions that are present in our lives. Additionally, it is also being optimistic and constructive in looking at your life, whether it’s the present, past and future. 

Read this article to find out if you are flourishing at work using the PERMA Model!

5 Tips for How to Increase Positive Emotions at Work

So, given how much time we spend at work, how can we empower ourselves to enhance positive emotions at work? It is not just only about being humerous and laughing but can extend to many aspects of our work habits. Below are my personal 5 simple-to-implement tips to increase positive emotions at work that work regardless if you are an extrovert or introvert!

1. One Task at a Time

Research has shown that multi-tasking often results in lack of focus and distraction, leading to frustration and stress. In fact, some researchers suggest that multitasking can actually reduce productivity by as much as 40%.

Accordingly, we can prioritize our to-do list, focus on more important tasks and increase our sense of focus, satisfaction and control. Therefore, check out applications like Wunderlist, Evernote or Microsoft OneNote to help you accomplish this.

2. Help a colleague

Helper’s Higha euphoria that happens when we do charitable deeds. This is the psychological theory being that giving, acts of kindness, produce a natural mild version of a morphine high, increasing our positive emotions.

Hence, try simple acts of kindness, express gratitude or offer support to colleagues in times of need! Not only will it make us feel good about ourselves, helping others also give us a sense of worth, purpose and happiness!

3. Regular breaks and walks

Regular breaks during the day is not only important for letting our pre-frontal cortex rest and recharge, but also critical for our emotional and physical well-being. In fact, research has shown that even 5 minutes of walking exercise during our breaks at work has lasting impact to our health and enough to help reduce the chances of heart disease, depression, obesity, and more.

4. Coffee or Lunch with Co-workers

Whether extrovert or introvert, we all desire social connectedness, including during working hours! This can increase your sense of belonging and connection to a team or organization. For the introverts like myself, it just means more 1 on 1 appointments than large group outings! So, go schedule that coffee or lunch session with a co-worker now!

5. One minute Anchor Breathing or Quick Body Scan

I found it really helpful to do a one minute anchor breathing or quick body scan during my work day, particularly after an intense meeting or before I go into an important discussion. Highly recommend Insight Timer, a free app with good quality guided meditations.

Ever since I started this simple activity, I have noticed a dramatic shift in my ability to remain calm in situations of conflicts, to take a pause and respond, rather than react. In addition, I find it easier to be present in the meeting or conversation and practice non-judgment and compassion.

Contrary to many beliefs, meditation is secular even though it has roots associated with Buddhism. In recent years, there has been growing research on benefits of meditations. One significant research findings includes neurological benefits such as increase in grey matter volume and enhanced connectivity between brain regions. In summary, meditation leads to increase of our well-being and quality of life.

Elynn Teo | Creator | The Mind Studio
Elynn Teo | Creator | The Mind Studio

From a finance-leader to a coach, Elynn is passionate about empowering others to become a better version of themselves and live a flourishing life.  

Elynn spent 18 years working in highly dynamic and fast-paced corporate environments and held various global leadership roles. During this time, Elynn had the privilege to lead and serve global and virtual teams. And, it is through these beautiful souls that Elynn discovered her passion of empowering others to become a better self.

Elynn holds a Bachelor in Accountancy, Graduate Diploma in Applied Positive Psychology and Graduate Certificate in Counselling. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Counselling.