In the corporate environment being "engaged" is the new buzzword and means being an employee who is involved, focused, energize and committed to the work you do.
For an in-house design group this is especially challenging. So much is design-by-committee, the highest paid person's opinion (hippo) often overriding expert design opinion or user research results, and lack of appreciation for the value designers bring to the company.
The studies say having a best friend at work is an important part of feeling committed and engaged. Many conversations in the office (and laughs) have centered around this idea. And once I understood and paid a little more attention to friendship and being a friend, my own outlook improved a bit.
Here are a few more drivers to consider...connect, shape, learn, stretch, achieve, contribute:
Feeling Blah About Work? Don't Blame Your Boss--Get Engaged
I'll have to say appreciation tops my list. Mark Twain said "I can live two months on a good compliment."
Well, maybe not two months.
What keeps you engaged in your work? How do you increase engagement in your design team?