Employee engagement means that the employee cares about the organization. An engaged employee ties the company’s success to his / her own success. Thus, he/ she will “go the extra mile” to get the work done. Such an employee is likely to work overtime when the company’s success depends on it, do more than just the core job duties, and will not run with the next job offer.
As an employee, you should make an effort to be an engaged employee. Employers prefer engaged employees because they are more reliable and beneficial to the company. Engaged employees increase a company’s profits through increased productivity, higher quality work, and more satisfied customers. Furthermore, engaged employees are more likely to stay with the company because they have an attachment with the organization that goes beyond job satisfaction and pay. For these reasons, employers are more likely to hire and retain such workers. This is because employers don’t want to lose quality employees to competitors and engaged employees are more likely to stay with the company long-term.
By being an engaged employee, you increase your value and thereby get job security. If you have a history of being an engaged employee or can show to future employers that you are someone they can rely on, you are more likely to get hired. You can do this by showing genuine interest in the company you are applying to. This can be done by researching the company, remaining up-to-date on the company’s news and trends, and reading the company’s publications - usually found on their websites but also in business news section of newspapers and business news magazines. If you can show your interest in an organization in your job application and interview, you are more likely to get the job. Of course, this has to be genuine interest because such things can’t be faked and a recruiter will be able to tell the real from the fake.
Genuine interest in a company means you are deeply attached to the company and or job position and not trying to get the job for the pay alone. This means that if you want to get a long-term job, you have to apply to companies that you truly care for. If you don’t care for the company and are only taking the job until your next jig comes up, then you won’t be able to show genuine attachment to the company.
Of course you may love a company and want to work there long-term, but still fail to get a job because you haven’t researched the company well enough. So if you want to get a job that you truly love and enjoy, apply only to companies you are truly interested in and feel you can work there long-term. And be sure to do your homework. Study the company well. Read up on company culture and management style. Stay up to date on company news and trends. Read the company newsletter and other publications on a regular basis. And when information about an organization has become second nature to you and you feel it is a company you can’t live without, you will be able to show your engagement in every interaction. And then it is more likely you will get your dream job!
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