Morning Routines For Better Work Engagement

It’s turns out that walking into work half asleep with no firm plan for the day ahead may be detrimental to your work performance!. So if this sounds like your familiar week day morning, you may want to rethink it.

A new study that looked at the effect of morning routines on work engagement suggests that what we do before we get to work impacts how we do once we get there. Read on to find out why and how to improve your own work day starting tomorrow.

The goal is work engagement.

Work engagement refers to an all-in, motivated, attentive and goal orientated approach to work for the day. The researchers for this study concluded that reattaching to work before getting there determines how engaged you will be on any given day.

Reattachment means better engagement.

Simply put, reattachment is switching back into work mode after having the night (or a weekend) off. It takes place exclusively before you are on the clock.

The researchers of the recent study published in the Journal of Management, found that reattachment helps facilitate better work engagement through four main ways:

  1. Improving task focus: By beginning to plan before your work day starts, you are gearing your attention towards the tasks ahead before you even start.

  2. Encouraging positive activated affect: Planning your tasks allows you to stir up any necessary energy and motivation for the day. This also refers to an improved ability to respond to anticipated negative situations by planning for them ahead of time.

  3. Anticipating a need for social support: Social support describes any assistance given by colleagues and may be an important resource depending on your tasks.

  4. Increasing job control: Job control is your ability to decide how and when you’ll go about performing your tasks, which is crucial to getting what you need done, done.

Making reattachment a part of your morning routine.

The study’s findings reported that reattachment lead to greater work satisfaction, stronger commitment, and improved productivity. It certainly sounds like a tool worth using. Luckily, it’s easy to do.

Simply take morning activities that are second nature, routine, and otherwise unproductive as opportunities to explore reattachment.

Use visualisation while getting ready for work to mentally simulate important interactions, meetings and presentations.  Instead of scrolling during breakfast or on your commute, use these moments to create mind maps and bulleted lists of what you need to do for the day.

Here are some questions to ask yourself while reattaching:

  • What are your goals for the day?

  • What do you need to do to achieve them?

  • What obstacles do you anticipate?

  • What outcomes do you anticipate (good and bad)?

  • Will you need to enlist anyone’s help today?

  • How will you execute these tasks (what will you do in the morning, after morning tea, after lunch, etc.)?

The researchers also recommended simple ways that managers can help your employees use reattachment successfully.  These suggestions included discussing the day’s goals at the very start of the day, providing quiet time to plan as soon as the work day starts, and assisting with prioritisation of tasks.

So how do you switch into work gear after a night off or a fun weekend? If you want to improve your work performance, consider using reattachment tomorrow morning!