When I was younger, I would hear the word "engagement" and get excited for bridal showers, bachelorette parties and weddings! I love weddings. I'm always looking forward to hearing a good engagement story and brides talk about their weddings. Now, however, I hear the word "engagement" and I think about my career. Am I engaged in my role? Are my teammates engaged in their work?
I've taken engagement surveys before, and my engagement was usually decided by how flexible my job or supervisor was. Was I able to adapt my schedule when needed? Were their times when I had the flexibility to treat a patient with a plan of care I thought was necessary? I also really liked when the setting I worked in allowed for a lot of collaboration with other disciplines -- I was constantly learning from other people! In my new role as a supervisor, I'm learning that engagement is different for everyone. People are motivated by different factors, and there are different factors that make a person more happy in her job compared to others.
The more experience I have as a physical therapist, the more I'm realizing that some areas of my job can't be controlled, while others can be. A therapist's schedule could be adaptable; for example, therapists have the ability to come in a little earlier or later depending on the type of setting. Therapists are generally not able to work from home, however, as patients need to be seen at the healthcare facility.
Do you know what makes you the happiest in your current position? Is it the hours? The pay? The type of patients you work with? Is it your leadership? Is it your commute? Work/life balance?