What does a curious professional look like?
Curious employees are the best. They are natural learners, constantly discovering new and better ways of doing things. They come up with novel ideas, and are more engaged. They tend to have higher satisfaction in their work.
Curiosity is a fundamental human motivation that influences learning, the acquisition of knowledge and life fulfillment. Being a state of active interest or genuine wanting to know more about something someone, it creates an openness to unfamiliar experiences, laying the groundwork for greater opportunities to emerge and experience.
In the workplace, curious professionals differ from their incurious counterparts in terms of job satisfaction, work engagement, commitment, change readiness, learning agility, job crafting, healthy work relationships, idea generation and innovation. Indeed, the relevance to organisations of curious employees is apparent: curious employees are responding better to fast changing environments in the modern workplace by learning faster, by being more intrigued than frustrated when trying to understand, appreciate and extract the unique value of new colleagues and technologies and are more flexible to deal with unfamiliar cultures in global settings and uncertainty. As for improving work performance, curious workers are more apt to proactively seek feedback, ask open-ended questions during the acquisition of feedback and effectively cope with ambivalent feedback from coworkers and supervisors.