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Involvement (also called 'commitment') means that you feel connected to the organization for which you work and the work that you do. You have what you call 'heart for business' and you strive to achieve the goals that the organization strives for.

What does that mean in concrete terms?

Imagine: your workday is over. You take your bag, put on your jacket and just when you grab the door handle, the phone rings. What do you do: do you take a sprint towards the telephone or do you think: 'Tomorrow is another day' and do you quickly close the door behind you? If you are an involved employee, do the first. You answer the phone because you feel emotionally involved in your work and are willing to do something extra when the situation demands it. Other behavioral examples are:

- You talk about 'we' instead of 'them' when you talk about the organization.
- When you make a proposal, you take into account the organizational culture of the organization.
- You bring your own behavior in line with the culture, needs, priorities and goals of the organization.
- You adapt to the values, norms and rules of conduct of the organization.
- You take responsibility yourself and don't hide behind higher management levels or other departments.
- You provide constructive criticism on plans and intentions of management.
- You show that you support decisions that are useful to the organization, even if they are less popular or controversial.

Involvement also means that you are proud of the company where you work and that shows. For example: if someone asks you what you do for a living at a party, you don't say in a printed tone: "Oh, something with computers and sales", but your eyes start to shine and you say enthusiastically: "I work as a technical account manager at company X, the best ICT service provider in Europe. A great company to work for. "

Satisfaction vs. involvement

Satisfaction and commitment, is that more or less the same? No, there is a big difference between satisfaction and commitment. Satisfaction reflects a mood and is mainly linked to satisfaction with the work itself. It's just the tip of the iceberg. Involvement goes a layer deeper. That shows to what extent you feel connected to the goals of the organization, you feel inspired and you've inspiration.

Do you've control over involvement?

Whether you feel involved as an employee in the organization for which you work depends to a large extent on that organization itself, with the conduct of your manager playing a crucial role. Reorganisations, cutbacks, mergers, but also a different view on the performance of your work can considerably reduce your involvement in your work.

Factors that influence engagement are:

- Career opportunities within the organization
- Organizational policy and corporate culture
- Leadership (from the highest boss of the organization)
- Available means to perform the function
- Recognition for personal performance

How do you show that you are involved in a job application?

Example: you've set your sights on a combination position of nurse and team coordinator at a hospital. In the vacancy text you can read that they are looking for an involved person, because the hospital considers professional and personal care to be of paramount importance. For example, in your.application letter you can put it as follows:

- I think it's very important that patients feel at home in the nursing ward. And that involvement doesn't end once I have waved goodbye to the patient. I see to it that every patient is called afterwards to find out how he or she is doing after discharge.
- I also read professional journals such as 'Nursing', because I want to stay well informed about new developments in the sector and about technical issues such as guidelines and protocols.

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