Q: What can I do to feel more engaged in my job? I feel burned out, and my work is no longer interesting to me.
A: First of all, know that you are not alone. Weak engagement in the workplace has become an epidemic. According to Gallup, a mere 13% of employees feel "psychologically committed to their jobs,"1 with women reporting slightly higher levels of motivation.2
Second, you are absolutely, positively correct to be concerned about this, because engagement can directly affect your career success. Fully engaged employees are 2.5 times more likely to exceed performance expectations than their "disengaged" coworkers, according to consulting firm the Hay Group.3 So if feeling connected at work is so critical, what can you do to reignite the fire in your belly?
1 Gallup 10/03/13 http://www.gallup.com/poll/165269/worldwide-employees-engaged-work.aspx
2 Gallup State of the American Workplace report 2013 http://www.gallup.com/services/178514/state-american-workplace.aspx
3 The Hay Group http://www.haygroup.com/us/services/index.aspx?id=1697