tiredness and disengagement at work
At some stage in our lives, we will have felt tired and disengaged with our work. Whether due to the breadth of tasks we have, or the level of engagement we have for them, there are periods in our careers where we just run out of steam. For companies this can be a real problem! We don’t always consider tiredness and disengagement at work to be a problem due to more obvious business activities taking up our attention, but in order to grow our proficiency levels and keep teams happy, perhaps we should.
The research company Gallup ran a study and found that only 13% of employees are engaged at work. That means that 87% off your company is suffering from tiredness or disengagement at work. So what can be done about it? How about starting with these tips…
I’m feeling tired and disengaged with my work at the moment.
I want to feel more energised and productive.
2 things to remember.
Dawdling through tasks, watching the time tick by and scrolling through social media to get through the day is of no benefit to any organisation.
Nor does it benefit you personally.
Engaged employees are 38% more likely to have above average productivity and are three times more creative disengaged employees.
3 practical tips
Think about whether there’s an underlying issue that needs to be addressed… And then take action!
When you lose interest, trust or respect for your team or organisation, you are more likely to lack the focus and energy you need to succeed.
Tackle your biggest challenges when you have the most energy, but don’t put them off.
Everybody’s energy levels peak and troff throughout the day, so save your most ambitious goals and tasks for when you know you’ll have the most energy.
Look for opportunities to have fun in work, whether that’s with colleagues or just adding challenge or creativity into your tasks.
Just make sure it’s work focused and has a positive impact on others.
Four do’s and don’ts
Do keep face-to-face conversations to just the important things that will benefit you, and the business.
Whilst it is good to talk, steer clear of office politics or gossip, which can distract you from value adding activities.
Don’t allow yourself to be distracted by social media on your phone or computer.
Instead, stay focused on what you want to achieve and use social media time as a reward for completing your to-do list.
Do take regular short breaks away from your desk, as they can really help to re-energise you and make you more productive.
Just remember not to risk losing focus by making the breaks too long.
Don’t spend time writing lists and doing unnecessary tasks.
A tidy, yet creative workspace helps with productivity and clarity. But avoid wasting time on things that won’t help you in the long run.
5 Things to try…
If you find yourself twiddling your thumbs, go back to your to-do list.
Staying busy through the day will make you feel better and productive, which in turn, helps keep your energy levels up.
Speak to your boss to seek clarity about what’s needed. Your accountability and how your actions contribute to the organisations goals.
Take pride in your achievements and of the contribution you make, as this will affect others perception of you.
Ensure your manager knows how important it is for you to feel that your input counts and that you are listened to.
By taking ownership and organising regular catch-ups you can at least share and stay on each-others wavelength.
Be collaborative at team meetings, make your voice heard and contribute helpfully as much as you can. You’ll be surprised how that will make you feel.
Look for opportunities for you to stretch your job role and to learn more.
Learning and development are key to progression and can change the way you feel about your work.