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Commitment to the job is usually called job engagement or employee engagement. In relation to, for example, employee satisfaction, the concept of engagement explains much more about our behavior and well-being. This is specially true when we talk about quality of life and performance. One can easily be satisfied without delivering results for the company. Likewise, there are many who walk around feeling satisfied, but they still lack the last to feel that they are taking advantage of their potential and living the life they really want. Once committed, however, you'll automatically contribute more to the company in the form of higher productivity and more innovation. At the same time, one goes up in his work which increases the quality of life in general.

Employee engagement is referred to as a positive and enriching state where:

- Identifies the purpose of the task / organization and therefore seems meaningful
- Feel say energetic and stimulated
- Is mentally immersed and concentrated on the individual task - almost in a flow state

When these 3 elements are present, one can be characterized as engaged over a longer period of time. In the short term, however, one may be engaged even if only 1 or 2 of these are present.

The 3 modes can be referred to as DEDICATION , ENERGY and DEEP . They are different, yet are all expressions of commitment. Within the statistics, it's said that they have a high correlation. This means that when we have a high level of dedication, for example, we are also likely to have a high level of energy and depth.

DEDICATION

Dedication refers to a state in which one identifies with the purpose of the organization and the individual task. Simon Sinek talks about our "WHY". So why do we do what we do or why our purpose is just that. In other words: What is the vision and mission of the organization and what is our own? We have a high level of dedication when our own "WHY" matches the organization's. When the reason for the organization exists is the same reason why we have applied for this particular job.

When we are dedicated, we feel the meaning and purpose of what we are doing. We are inspired and proud and we would recommend the workplace to others. At the same time, we feel challenged in our daily work.

When our level of dedication is low, we cannot identify ourselves with the mission of the organization. We feel that what we are doing is meaningless and we are wasting our time. We become increasingly frustrated, and have a greater tendency to counter senior management, while at the same time tolerating our colleagues to a lesser extent and rarely contributing to innovative initiatives.

ENERGY

Energy refers to a state in which, when we work, we either have much or little profit to do our tasks and inspire others. The energy level is about both our physical and mental state.

A good physical condition helps us not to get tired in the middle of the day, get hurt in the back or often have to report sick. The physical condition is a result of the way we treat our bodies, how much sleep we get, how often we exercise, what we eat, our posture, etc.

Our mental state is determined by the pressure we are under, in other words our mental resilience. At a high mental energy level, we often have positive thoughts and a lot of confidence, and thus a great belief in our own abilities.

When we have a high energy level, we are enduring, have the courage, and feel robust when facing challenges. We are focused and put our effort into the work and the individual tasks. We can do that because there are no other places in our lives, or at work that drain us of energy. People who have a high energy level look forward to getting to work in the morning - even if it's Monday.

A low energy level can be categorized as burnout. When we have no energy, we are less likely to come up with new ideas, we are less productive and we have a greater tendency to sign up sick. We also have a hard time getting up in the morning and can hardly wait for it to be Friday and the weekend is at our doorstep. We become more focused on ourselves and our own problems, rather than thinking about the needs of others.

DEEPEN

Immersion is a state where we are fully focused on our tasks. We are almost in a flow state where time flies away, we are immersed in our work, we are happy and forget about everything else around us. Our productivity increases and we are more innovative.

An Expert describes flow as " a mental state in which the person is completely engrossed in what he is dealing with. It's characterized by a sense of an energy-filled focus, full involvement and success with the ongoing activity. ” You may know the term" in the zone ”from the world of sports - this is the flow state referred to. Several top athletes actually measure their quality of life according to how often they are in flow.

In contrast to the FLOW concept, which is a condition we can access for a limited period of time, deepening in the context of engagement must be seen as a condition that lasts longer and is more general. It makes us more likely to be able to access an actual flow state. The more often we are in flow, the more likely we are to have a high level of depth.

When we don't experience immersion in our work, we start to get bored and the days feel very long. We are more often distracted and rarely contribute innovative ideas because our work becomes superficial.

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