Over the past decade the Gallup organization has surveyed more than 10 Million people world-wide. Only one-third “strongly agree” with the statement: “At work, I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day.
Not one person who “disagreed” or “strongly disagreed” with the statement was emotionally engaged at work. In other words they showed up for work and that was about it. What a waste of 40 hours of their life every week (2000 hours a year).
The Good News: You have the power to change it…
1. Finding someone at work who is interested in your strengths, OR
2. by discovering your strengths and then applying them at work, OR
3. by finding a job that is a better fit with your strength
To pursue the topic of strengths in more depth try any of these books or links:
Linley A., Willars, J. & Biswas-Diener R. 2010 The Strengths Book: Be Confident, Be Successful, and Enjoy Better Relationships by Realising the Best of You. London: CAPP Press.
Peterson, C. 2006 A Primer in Positive Psychology. New York: Oxford University Press. (A great overview of positive psychology including strengths. Chris is one of the authors of the VIA Signature Strength Assessment.)
Rath, T. 2007 Strengths Finder 2.0 New York: Gallup Press. (Includes a one time use code to take their strength test)