How much effort do you really put into your work? - Improving engagement with soft skills

It’s not difficult to find yourself disengaged at work. After a few years, even an interesting and fulfilling job can become a little monotonous and disinteresting. The problem with losing engagement at work is that you end up not caring about the company or your work quality. This may mean you’ll eventually end up becoming a negative influence on your colleagues, driving away customers or clients, and generally spread negativity to those around you.

Steps on how to improve engagement with soft skills

Thankfully, there are a few steps you can take to re-engage yourself and start establishing (or re-establishing) commitment and pride. There are no quick fixes, but with these tips and a bit of dedicated effort, you’ll be back to waking up on a Monday morning with a smile on your face, looking forward to your week ahead.

Step #1: Know what engagement looks like

The first step is to understand what your goal is. An engaged employee has a positive attitude and a drive to succeed. They will go to great lengths to achieve their goals and have pride and commitment to the success of their work and their organization. Engaged people are a great influence on their colleagues and are generally happier in their jobs, which is the greatest benefit of being engaged.

Step #2: Identify your barriers to engagement

Ask yourself why you feel disengaged. Is it because you don’t know exactly what your role or responsibilities are? Do you feel undervalued at work? Perhaps you aren’t fully aware of your company’s goals. Do your issues stem from your associations with fellow employees or are personal factors getting in the way of your ability to fully engage? Be honest with yourself – once people realize exactly what their barriers are, many can find a solution almost immediately!

Step #3: Use soft skills to improve your engagement

There are several soft skills you can either learn or hone that will allow you to improve your ability to engage with your job and those you work with. These include:

  1. Organizational skills – disorganization at work can cause stress and anxiety, as deadlines are missed, and your work life becomes disjointed and messy. Good organizational skills allow you to utilize your productivity to the fullest and minimize the stress of not knowing exactly what you’re doing.
  2. Communication skills – these are essential to engagement. Whether you’d like to improve your communication skills for the purpose of improving your interactions with clients, co-workers, or management, knowing how to get your point across effectively will aid you in many facets of work.
  3. Teamwork and collaboration skills – Let’s face it, teamwork lightens your workload at the very least and improves interpersonal relationships at the best. By knowing how to work well with others, you’ll be able to take advantage of the added input and talent from your peers, get to know them better and form friendships, as well as seek assistance when needed.
  4. Tact and diplomacy skills – the ability to use tact and diplomacy when interacting with clients, colleagues and managers will benefit you dramatically. This is a useful skill to have if you are working in a high-pressure workplace where tensions might exist.
  5. Problem-solving and analytical skills – this is a no-brainer really. Having a good grasp on problem solving will just make your job easier all round.

Bottom line – Soft skills and engagement

With these soft skills in your inventory, you’ll not only benefit directly from your use of them, but also from the overarching effects of this knowledge. You will be more likely to receive promotions, praise and positive social interactions at work and the benefits to your personal life will improve too. All these skills can be learned and all of them are adaptable to multiple situations.

The CFS Team
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