An engaged employee is a happier, more productive employee
The trick is to hire people who are entrepreneurially inclined.
From data entry to order taking, almost every company has a few positions that can legitimately be described as boring. A paper in "The Journal of Entrepreneurship" suggests a way to ensure that the employee in the boring job remains engaged. According to researchers Pearl D'Souza and Zubin Mulla, the trick is to hire people who are entrepreneurially inclined. The Mumbai-based pair surveyed 101 Indian employees at four firms. The small study found that regardless of job type, those who scored highly on entrepreneurial orientation were more likely to score highly on engagement. An interesting finding on its own, the data revealed something more surprising: entrepreneurial types were more likely to be engaged even when in "boring" jobs, characterized by low levels both of autonomy and skill variety. The study may have practical implications. Knowledge of an employee's entrepreneurial orientation level can help match employees to job roles. Say the authors: "Recruiting individuals high on entrepreneurial orientation leads to greater probability of them being engaged and satisfied in the job."
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