Have you ever felt like you didn’t have enough time?
I can ask that question to any of my audiences and the answer is almost always a resounding yes!
Even if you are a time management expert, most people are going to feel a slight pang of guilt because they feel like they could have done even more with that time.
We never have enough time.
“Well… they don’t make them like they used to.”
This is a common refrain I hear in my head when things start breaking around my house. And it’s always in a Wilford Brimley voice.
I was recently speaking with a healthcare executive about the topic of employee engagement. As we were discussing some of the challenges in her organization, something struck me. Here I was talking about increasing engagement in order to increase employee retention rates, but she was dealing uninspired employees.
Were they satisfied? Absolutely. In fact, some are so satisfied, they don’t do anything. They’ve become used to coasting at their jobs.
She lamented that satisfaction surveys showed these employees were extremely satisfied (I can’t even imagine what that means) but showed no initiative to get anything done.
We’ve heard that satisfied employees are happy employees. And especially within the healthcare fields, satisfied health care providers lead to satisfied patients.
Taken out of context, this is a total myth.
Employee satisfaction is good, but without engagement it’s useless.
Don’t confuse satisfaction with engagement.
So if you’re in this situation, what can you do to increase engagement?
Here’s a thought: It’s time to raise the bar.
When I was in the high school concert band, I really wanted to play the drums. But we had an awesome drummer already, his name was Rob Bell. Besides, I was a freshman so there was no way I was getting near that drum kit.
You had to pay your dues to work up to it.
So I started where most percussionists do. With the cymbals. Or wood block, triangle, and wind chimes. I’ve done it all. Never got to be the star of the show, but I was on the stage. And I played my part as enthusiastically as I could.
Here’s what’s interesting to me: even though I was only playing a small part I still needed to see the sheet music. All of it.
Even though my part didn’t come until measure 72, I needed to follow along from the beginning to make sure I was at the right place. And even if my shining moment is only 6 quarter note cymbal crashes, if I mess up it everyone will notice.
It’s tough getting rejected. I’ve been sending my manuscript out to various people for reviews and blurbs. A few people that I was really hoping to get their endorsement flat out rejected me.
They shall remain nameless as I still really admire their work and don’t want to give the wrong impression.
But here’s my thought process: