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How You Can Participate at Work

Emma White | September 27, 2023

Participation at work is essential to a well-rounded career. It helps you develop skills, be happier and create opportunities at work.

In an evolving professional world, companies like Paycom have shifted their focus toward cultivating more engaging and innovative work environments. The emphasis is now on broadening horizons for employees, allowing them to stretch beyond their daily roles and tasks.

And why not? People who participate at work get excited about their job and can adapt to new challenges. Workplace participation doesn’t just enhance one’s professional growth — it can lay the foundation for a healthier life.

With that in mind, here are five practical ways to participate at work and make a difference.

  1. Engage in town halls. Town halls keep employees informed and up to date, which is why we’ve relied on them for so long. But today, companies like Paycom use virtual and in-person town halls to reach curious, growth-minded employees everywhere. These sessions will give you deeper insight into relevant and exciting topics, ensuring you’re always in the know no matter where your work takes you.
  2. Utilize campus resources. Most modern campuses, Paycom’s included, offer numerous resources for professional and personal growth. These include amenities such as fitness centers and cafes or more work-minded things like collaboration spaces. Employees at Paycom’s Oklahoma City headquarters can also run or play soccer in our park or meet with on-campus well-being advisors for mental health support. These resources aren’t just a perk, but a way to spark meaningful connections with your colleagues.
  3. Join an employee resource group (ERG). ERGs help foster community and belonging. They help build relationships with co-workers and boost engagement. On top of relationship-building, many ERGs offer chances to volunteer, which, according to the Journal of Happiness Studies, can significantly enhance happiness and overall health.
  4. Make the most of development opportunities. These days, most businesses offer training to help employees upskill and reskill. This has added importance when you consider that, according to a study by Korn Ferry, a whopping 50% of workers will need to reskill by 2025. And data from LinkedIn Learning revealed that 94% of employees are likely to stay at a company longer if their employer invests in their development. Be proactive by enrolling in training sessions — the leaders at your company will notice.
  5. Champion mentorship. Mentorship has recently surged. Since 2020, there’s been a 34% spike in coaching and a 30% rise in mentoring, according to LHH, an online job board. Why is this significant? Because 68% of those same respondents believe mentorship directly enhances organizational performance. By being both a mentee and a mentor, you can grow in your career and further your company’s goals.

Want to join a company where workplace participation will advance your career? Apply to Paycom today!

About the author
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Emma White
As an employer brand marketer at Paycom, Emma White helps broaden the employer brand and increase brand awareness. Emma is a recent graduate of Oklahoma State University, where she earned degrees in marketing and management. Her work on Paycom’s recruitment marketing team includes company culture, careers and social media content. Outside work, Emma's hobbies include art, reading, exploring new places in OKC and spending time with friends.