Summary of “Research Shows a Simple Way to Increase Your Engagement at Work”

We found that increasing your engagement and productivity at work could be as simple as making a plan for the day.
We investigated two types of daily planning and how they influence employee engagement in dynamic work environments.
Despite its popularity and acclaimed benefits, little research has actually investigated this type of planning in real work contexts.
The second type of planning is referred to as “Contingent planning,” in which people consider the possible disruptions or interruptions they may face in their work day and devise a plan to address them if they occur.
Contingent planning is less commonly used than time-management planning because individuals frequently make plans that overestimate how much they will get done and underestimate to account for how their work will be disrupted.
In theory, both types of planning should enhance employee engagement because they involve setting more specific goals for the day, which should help employees focus their time and attention, as well increase their sense of progress as they more clearly see the accomplishment of their tasks.
As for daily contingent planning, this type of planning also helped employees enhance their engagement and productivity.
Our research uncovered that a large percentage of employees’ daily planning differs across work days, which means most people do not consistently employ planning each day.

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