Levels of Professional Engagement

"Attitude is everything!"  This commonly heard phrase can take on new meaning when applied to a person's employment. Attitude or the way in which a person approaches and views their work can vary greatly from person to person.  There are three labels that can be used to distinguish what an employee’s attitude is towards their work, based on their level of engagement; a job, a career, and a calling.

These differences can be viewed in many facets of the way the employee interacts within the workplace. To judge what type of engagement an employee is exhibiting it necessary to evaluate their, actions, behaviors, and motivations. Each employee engagement type or label coincides with a specific way of acting in the work environment.

According to marketing specialist, Reese Haydon, each of the three types can be defined based on the mindset of the employee.  Here are his definitions of each:

  • Job- These employees are typically the least engaged.  They see their job as merely a way of attaining a paycheck. They go to work, fulfill their responsibilities, and rarely focus on how they can better the company of themselves.
  • Career-These employees are slightly more engaged in their work environment. They are interested in advancement for themselves and the company. Though these individuals are a bit more engaged they have not committed even to reach their full potential.
  • Calling- These employees are very much engaged in their work environment and what they do. They are able to see the bigger picture and use their own strengths for the good of the company. They strive to be the best while supporting the goals and values of the company.

Haydon notes that the importance commonality of all three types is "that we are all able to choose how we view our employment".  The relates back perfectly to the idea of "attitude is everything"; only you can decide what your calling is going to be. the difference between a job and a calling is the employee's own mindset.

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