Engagement in one’s work is exciting. It generates senses of accomplishment, achievement, commitment…and making a difference.
- Excitement stimulates energy: physical, mental and emotional.
- Excitement heightens enthusiasm: the good feeling of “this makes a difference”.
- Excitement impacts others: positive experience can be contagious in work situations.
What can you and your workforce do to experience more excitement and more engagement?
Three suggestions to link excitement and engagement:
Introduce “excitement” into the vocabulary. Encourage people to talk about excitement related to their work. When we share examples of work excitement, others are eager to share their examples. The more we talk about excitement itself, the more we look for it, appreciate it, and create it.
Ask “excitement” questions. It’s easy to ask someone what has excited them about what they’ve been doing. That asks about their engagement and their excitement. If we’re really engaged in boosting excitement, we’ll have these questions stimulate full-fledged conversations.
Encourage “excitement ownership.” Who doesn’t like excitement? For that matter, who doesn’t want at least a little more excitement in their work? We can each create (and share) ideas to make our work, our jobs more exciting. These ideas can be small, medium, large, or gigantic. Just dreaming up the ideas can be exciting.
What other strategies capitalize on employees’ excitement at your company?