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Fall Professional Development Institute


September 7th, 2018


Work Engagement and Meaning Making Mindsets


“The greatest discovery of my generation is that

a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude of mind

~William James~


According to Gallup’s latest State of the American Workplace report (2017), 51 percent of employees are not engaged in their work.  An additional 16 percent are actively disengaged.  These low levels of employee engagement have persisted for years despite annual investments of close to a billion dollars by American companies to bolster employee engagement.  This presentation will examine work engagement as a psychological construct that is related to our clients’ career development and psychological well-being.  Work engagement will be explored as a mindset that individuals are capable of establishing and maintaining on their own, rather than a fleeting experience resulting from employer initiative.  Borrowing from motivational theory and cognitive behavioral theory, we will practice techniques that we can teach our clients as they strive to create engaged work lives laden with meaning and purpose. 





Chris Pisarik is an associate professor in the Division of Academic Enhancement at the University of Georgia.  He teaches undergraduate courses designed to facilitate successful academic transitions into, through, and out of the college experience.  He is also a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia, and has a small private counseling practice serving community members of Athens Georgia.  His research focuses on career development, and academic motivation.



Upcoming events

Friday, September 07, 2018 8:30 AM • Mary Mac's Tea Room 224 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

All Career Development Professionals are Welcome to Attend!


Career Counselors in Higher Education

Private Practice Counselors

HR Professionals





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