‘Know thyself’ was written over the portal of the antique world. Over the portal of the new world, ‘Be thyself’ shall be written.” –Oscar Wilde

We’ve all seen survey after survey that shows that employee engagement around the world is stuck near record lows. For over a decade the traditional measures have included corporate-wide initiatives from HR, and leadership training for managers.

But all this time we’ve neglected the individual worker. We need to realize that intrinsic motivation matters as much as extrinsic factors.

Know yourself, be yourself.

Based on surveys of over 10 million workers in 150 countries, and on my own experience as a Best Place to Work winner, I’m convinced that the four major drivers of engagement are:

  • Communication
  • Growth
  • Recognition
  • Trust

But of those four items, which ones are most important to you?

A young professional may be more interested in Growth and learning than an older person who is only a couple years away from retirement. One person may be highly motivated by Recognition from her peers, while another may be more engaged by a compelling future vision (i.e., Trust in leadership).

To help individuals uncover their own personal engagement triggers, I developed a 16-question online assessment. Located at www.MyEngagementStyle.com this free online profile provides the start to “knowing thyself”.

Once you know what your own engagement triggers are, you can then focus on “being yourself” at work, and partnering with your boss to make sure the secrets to your own workplace engagement and happiness are realized.

This is a guest post by Kevin Kruse. Kevin Kruse is a New York Times bestselling author. His newest book is Employee Engagement for Everyone: 4 Keys to Happiness and Fulfillment at Work.

Jappreet Sethi