Employee engagement is built on dedication, trust, and open communication between a company’s management and workforce.
Although modern corporations are “spending nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars in an effort to improve employee engagement,” during 2015 employee engagement levels remained stagnant (Gallup). One Harvard Business Review report even showed that although 70% of executives rate employee engagement as essential to corporate success, only 24% of them believe employees are effectively engaged.Reasons behind uninterested, undedicated employees range anywhere from a fast growth that pulls apart the culture to ineffective team and management communication.
Below are a few key signs that indicate that your people are disengaged.
1. Lack of Initiative
Initiative is one of the key indicators of a employee that is plugged in and motivated.
Kris Cavanaugh, a speaker and author on HR and employee engagement, explains that companies that “encourage a ‘CEO Mindset,’ where everyone’s input and ideas are encouraged, are more successful than those that don’t.”
When employees are not encouraged with this mindset, a lack of initiative may ensue. This absence of drive typically exhibits itself in many ways. Examples include short tasks becoming grueling processes and employees not participating and doing the minimal amount of tasks assigned to them.
If your workforce is not speaking up in meetings, and is barely scraping by in producing work, your employee engagement is falling.
In an engaging work environment, your workers should be united to achieve the company’s common goals. You can boost engagement and connectedness and lower employee attrition through regular meetings, social events, and constant encouragement from management.
When employees are not feeling recognized, or feel a disconnect between themselves and the company, they may begin to isolate themselves.
Whether it is because a company is expanding, or because management or executives are not hearing bottom-up suggestions, employees may feel as though their opinions are drowned in the monotone of their many colleagues.
When this happens, individuals do not feel valued in a team setting and might surround themselves in solitude simply to get their job done, knowing regardless they won’t be heard or appreciated in a group environment.
To stop this from occurring, ensure that you have policies to encourage interaction between employees across departments and seniority levels. In our infographic attached at the bottom, you can find ways to tell if you have addressed your workforce’s sense of isolation, and ways to lower your employee turnover rate!
3. Evident Distraction
When you walk around the office, be sure to notice how easily distracted your employees are. If more often than not you find your workers double tapping photos on instagram or sharing facebook posts, engagement is on the decline.
It is also important to notice talking between workers in meetings or throughout the workday. If you have one too many chatty kathy’s that prefer discussing non-work related topics, your workforce is lacking the motivation and focus to perform needed tasks.
To Wrap It Up…
If your workers seem to be exhibiting the above traits on a regular basis, your corporation may not be doing all that is in its power to consistently motivate and encourage your employees.
Here we have attached an infographic with other telltale signs that you have disengaged employees, as well as key ways to tell if it is on the rise!
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