A few weeks ago I blogged about the Gallup Study on the State of the American Workforce, which revealed that almost 70% of workers are disengaged. Below is how Gallup defines the three states of employee engagement.
“Engaged employees work with passion and feel a profound connection to their company. They drive innovation and move the organization forward,” Gallup said. “Not Engaged employees are essentially ‘checked out.’ They’re sleepwalking through their workday, putting time—but not energy or passion—into their work. Actively disengaged employees aren’t just unhappy at work; they’re busy acting out their unhappiness. Every day, these workers undermine what their engaged coworkers accomplish.”
Using the Emotional Colors I discussed the last 2 weeks, you can see the correlation between the definition above, and the red, yellow and green emotional states all of us are constantly in. Gallup is essentially saying 70% of workers are not only yellow or red, but in fact, they infect and convert green workers to their state making it incredulously hard for green workers to manifest their innovation and collaborative spirit. I argued the value of quality human relationship to enhance engagement in the last blog on this topic. Given the tall order green people have to not only avoid infection and defend their green state against 70% of the people they work with during the course of the work day, but to then perform with any semblance of passion, I’d like to offer some tips to the green community out there.
- Take your EQ temperature frequently during the day, especially prior to engaging with yellow and red people or situations. If it is not green, be a few minutes late and use the time to regulate yourself back to green. In order to do this, you need to have made a list of ‘green conversion activities’ that you can instantly review.
- Monitor the EQ temperature of those around you. The more yellow or red folks there are around you, the more EQ you have to use. Try to change the temperature of either the person or the situation by using by using EQ first, and only after that should you consider logical and rational arguments or ideas. If you can put a smile on a yellow/red temperature face by recollecting a past success perhaps, the chances of your logical ideas falling on open minds goes up considerably.
- No matter how many yellow or red people or situations you are in, there invariably comes an unscripted green moment in the proceedings. This is when ‘the energy feels positive’ and you have to patiently wait but aggressively look for them. When it comes, it is the right moment to infect them with your green EQ, and your ideas.
Be proud to be green. Without you, the 70% number would be 100% and nothing substantive would ever get done. As I’ve said before, unless you are lucky enough to be surrounded by a lot of other green people, the trick is not to hang out with only green people, but in fact to use your color to convert the yellow/red ones. Once you learn to do this, there is literally no situation or person you cannot work with. And that is a most liberating emotion.