What predicts higher engagement at work'' is the answer to the question: ‘how often do I get to use my strengths at work?’” Adam Grant
Using your strengths has an impact on your well-being, higher engagement, positive emotions and positive future images. Just to name a few. Here you can find more research on the benefits of using your strengths in different areas of your life. Also, feel free to dig into everything positive psychology-related by Martin Seligman.
How to find out what your strengths are? You can start with a simple assessment test, for example VIA Character Strengths test or Donald Clifton Strengths. You can also do a more fun exercise. Interview 10-20 friends, colleagues or family members. Ask each of them: “Tell me about a time in which I was at my best” Ask them for a specific story, an example. Make notes and when reviewing them look for patterns, code the text using strengths. Are there any strengths that you see coming back in the stories you have heard?
Another reason why it is important to know your strengths is to make sure you don't overuse them or misapply them. For example, you might be kind, but too much of this quality might turn you into a nag or a pushover. A great exercise to identify those possible scenarios of misapplying your strengths is a Core Qualities and Core Quadrant exercise.
Your strengths need attention and nourishment and sometimes need to be activated. One small exercise, which can help you with it, is to pick one strength and think of small ways to practise it daily for a week or when you are going into a specific situation, for example, a big event at work, meeting with a colleague. If you would like to play with your strengths to boost your well-being, choose one strength and try to use it in a new way every day for a week. For example, my top strength is kindness, and a new way of using it would be being kind to myself and doing something for myself instead of always thinking of being kind to others.
Let me know how it goes. And enjoy.