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Do you get up in the morning, excited to go to work? If so, congratulations. You’re one of the few.

Connection and engagement in your work improve productivity and just makes the day go better and faster. Everyone wants their work to be meaningful.


“You spend more than a third of your day at work, so naturally you want it to mean something.”

~Robby Berman, How to Find Meaning in Any Job


Here are 5 tips to be more engaged and connected to work.

Connect

In order to enjoy your work, you have to connect.  Connection in your job includes enjoying what you do every day, the people that you work with, or that you enjoy finishing a deliverable. When you enjoy your work, you participate because of the unseen emotional, intellectual, or moral rewards, not because you get paid.  That’s connection. To make  your job more interesting, you have to connect.

Create

Many of us don’t have much control over our jobs. If that’s you, see if you can find an area where you do have some degree of control. You’ll feel more connection to your work if you have control over some part of the job. If additional training is available, take the training that you’re offered. Folks that learn continually are more engaged and connected to their job.

Stretch

If you’re goal-oriented, have a stretch goal. If goals are not something that motivates you, try to stretch in other areas of your work. If you struggle with getting in on time, aim to show up 10 minutes early. Take your production goal and add 10% – see if you can do it. You don’t have to tell anyone – just test yourself and see if you can do more. Your production may increase and you’ll feel good that you’ve accomplished something.

Accomplish

When you achieve a milestone, most of us feel great. Accomplishment in our work helps to keep us interested and engaged in our work. Combine this tip with stretching in your assignment and stay connected to your organization.

Own it

Human beings are hard-wired to want to contribute to their community, whether that community is their neighborhood or their work. If you want to connect with your organization and job, contribute your ideas and work. Making a contribution is the sure way to make a difference in your job and feel more engaged.

How do you stay more connected with your work and organization? Let us know.

company cultureIf you’re looking for a new job, pay attention to the company culture. For many employees, it’s important to feel comfortable with the values, mission, and beliefs of their organisation. Here are three questions to ask yourself when wondering if you will fit in.

Are you a team player or an individual contributor?

Some companies value team players. The managers insist on everyone’s input before decisions are made and teamwork is the norm. Others prefer to give assignments to workers, then check in periodically to see how it’s going and when the deliverable is complete.

If you hate teams, you’re probably better off in a company that values individual contributors. If your company is your social circle, then choose a company that values team work and play. Ask your interviewer if being a team-player or individual contributor is more important.

Do you prefer close management, or left alone to deliver?

Some companies want their managers to be very involved in the day-to-day work. Many workers like having their manager closely monitoring how the work is going. The managers are available to smooth the path if the worker gets stuck.

Other workers hate having managers inquiring several times per day or week about the work. If you’re the type of worker that just wants to put their head down and finish, you’ll be happier in a company whose supervisors don’t over-manage.

Is the dress code conservative and professional or casual?

Dress codes can tell a lot about a company. Although over the years dress codes in many companies have relaxed, there are still places where business suits and very professional attire is required. Law, Finance, and Banking are still quite conservative careers.

If jeans and T-shirts are the only way you can be comfortable, find a company that it a bit more relaxed. Casual dress is often fine when employees don’t interact in-person with the customers. Information technology, customer call centers, and warehouse positions are often casual dress or require uniforms.

During the interview, ask to be taken through the office space where you’ll work. Notice how your future coworkers are dressed and be prepared to match them.

Finding a good cultural fit can be a challenge for employees. If you’re looking for a new position, pay attention to your surroundings during the interview and do a bit of research on the web and you can see if a company is a good cultural fit.

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ABM JANITORIAL GENERAL CLEANERS – Full Time Positions Available!

1300 N Sam Houston Parkway Suite 110 Houston, TX 77032

You must arrive 10min earlier to begin the interviewing process. The process may take up to 2 hrs depending on the length of the interviews. Please come prepared with 3 forms of government state issued IDs. Make sure to dress business professional.

ABM JANITORIAL GENERAL CLEANERS – Full Time Positions Available!

1300 N Sam Houston Parkway Suite 110 Houston, TX 77032

You must arrive 10min earlier to begin the interviewing process. The process may take up to 2 hrs depending on the length of the interviews. Please come prepared with 3 forms of government state issued IDs. Make sure to dress business professional.