Employee engagement has been discussed at length throughout the years, and boosting its rates is high on the priority list of most every executive and manager regardless of industry or company size. However, engagement isn’t something employees should just wait around for—it’s not something someone does to them or for them. Employees need to understand they too play a role in their own engagement and the engagement of their coworkers. First, although it’s cliché, it’s important to be part of the solution rather than the problem. If engagement levels are low, ask why that is, and look for ways to help fix it. Cynical employees may ask why this should be their responsibility, especially if there are glaring issues with their company’s management; but engagement isn’t simply about making a company more productive—it has far more to do with an individual employee’s quality of life, and the lives of their families. An individual can boost their own levels of engagement, and by extension their long-term professional satisfaction, by focusing on their own growth. Instead of looking at problems and stumbling blocks, find instead opportunities to overcome and to refine skill sets.