During my recent sojourn into Scottish history I reflected upon the way William Wallace appeared from nowhere in 13th century Scotland to liberate his people and shape history. It was his rallying call to action that stirred people’s pride and motivated them to leave their homes and follow.
Can you recall the number of bagpipe-blaring, kilt-swirling experiences like this you’ve had?
There can be few things more exciting and exhilarating than giving ourselves fully to a cause that we deem as noble. It’s not by accident that “the mission and purpose of my company makes me feel my job is important” is one of the 12 conditions that the Gallup organization uses to assess the degree of employee engagement in their workplaces.
In the 1990’s, researcher and author Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi termed engagement like this as “the flow.” Moments in “the flow” are characterized by:
- Complete involvement, focus, and concentration
- Sense of ecstasy
- Great inner clarity
- Knowing the activity is doable
- Sense of serenity
- No sense of time passing
- Motivated and rewarded by the experience
How many times have you had this experience in the workplace? What was unique about the workplace environment that made these such memorable experiences for you?
Come my fellow EHS colleagues, let’s find a cause, get engaged and make a compelling case for others to join you. We can make a world of difference. History tells us so.