Not all employees are created equal. Just take a look at your co-workers! You probably work with some employee activists – people who are very enthusiastic about their jobs and willing to go above and beyond to show support for your employer. You also probably have co-workers who are critical of the workplace and not afraid to let others know how they feel, and others who are essentially asleep on the job.
Are you an employee activist? Take this short quiz to find out where you fall on Weber Shandwick’s Workforce Activism Spectrum.
Have you ever made positive comments about your employer where others could see or read them such as on a website, blog, or in a newspaper?
Have you ever defended your employer where others could see or read it such as on a website, blog, or in a newspaper?
Congratulations, you’re a ProActivist! ProActivists are the employees that every leader wants on his or her team. You’re likely more enthusiastic than others about work and probably put a great deal of effort into your job, far more than required. Keeping you informed about company news, giving you opportunities to grow and valuing your ideas and opinions would help your employer generate more of your positive influence and actions.
Like many other employees, you’re a PreActivist with the potential to become a more ardent supporter. To maximize your activist potential, your employer should keep you informed and make sure to show that it values your ideas and opinions. Creating a social media platform for work with guidelines and training would give you an outlet to share positive messages about your company.
When it comes to workplace activism, you are a HyperActive. You’re likely more enthusiastic than others about work and probably put a great deal of effort into your job. You show support for your employer, but you also don’t hold back if you have something negative to say, which makes you a bit of a wildcard. To boost your positive activism potential, your employer should communicate with you frequently and acknowledge your hard work. Because you’re probably more social media savvy than your co-workers, your employer could make it easier for you to express your positivity by giving you premade messages about work to share online. They also need to give you credit for showing your positive activism.
You’re a ReActivist. You’re probably just as satisfied with your job as many of your co-workers, but you’re a bit more critical of things your company is doing wrong. You show support for your company, but you also don’t hold back when it comes to sharing criticism. You might even be inclined to “blow the whistle” when you see a workplace injustice. You’re likely to be more supportive if your employer keeps you informed about issues at the company and lets you know that your opinions are valued. With more open communication, you would have an opportunity to express your concern for the workplace. Premade social media messages given to you by your employer would be an easy way for you to spread positive information.
You’re probably not very satisfied with or enthusiastic about your job. You may also not be very trusting of your employer’s leadership, but perhaps for good reason: chances are high that your company recently experienced a big change of some kind. Trust between you and your employer needs to be repaired to help you to feel more positive about work. To help build a foundation of trust, your employer should create more open communication to keep you informed and show that it values you as an employee.
You’re likely less enthusiastic about work than some of your co-workers and are okay with putting in just enough effort to get the job done. You’re not talking badly about your company, but you’re also not expressing support. To make sure you’re getting the most out of your job, talk to your supervisor about goals and opportunities.