How was your weekend?

How was your weekend?  I hope you managed to chill out, relax, do something you love, with people you love.  And more to the point, are you looking forward to a good week at work?

Too many people experience that Sunday evening dread, multiplied at the moment by summer’s over depression. If back to work isn’t an exciting prospect, we’re now counting down the days till Christmas, when we get the next break from work.

I’ve always felt that’s no way to live life. Work is such an important part of our identity, as well as a significant chunk of where we spend our time. It’s a tragedy if you don’t love it, and unfortunately too many people don’t love it. Gallup polls consistently show that only around 13-15% of people worldwide are engaged at work. In the UK it’s an even more dismal 11%. They define engaged as ‘highly involved in and enthusiastic about their work and workplace. They are psychological ‘owners’, drive performance and innovation, and move the organization forward.’ Does this sound like you?  If so, congratulations on being part of an elite 11% of the working population.

Even worse, 21% of UK workers are actively disengaged, meaning they are resentful and acting out their unhappiness at work.  They are not just going through the motions, doing the minimum they need to hang on to their jobs, but may be undermining the work of others by expressing how much they hate being there.

Which one are you? Highly involved and enthusiastic about work? Living for the weekend and counting down the days till Christmas? Or worse, dreading the prospect of another week at work?

If you’re less than happy, and want to make a change to how you feel, join my 30 day challenge.

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About the Author Lindsay Milner

Lindsay is the owner of Silvern Training. Before that she had a very varied working life, doing everything from admin, volunteering, sales, teaching, training, fundraising, management and chairing a board of charity trustees. Now wants to change the world of work by improving workplace cultures so that people can look forward to Monday mornings. Also likes to support individuals to speak up, be better listeners and to take action.

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