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7 Signs of Disengaged Employees

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Employee engagement is paramount in enhancing productivity and retention. When there is a proper employee engagement system in place, your employees will be more aligned with the values and goals of the organization.

However, all your efforts in achieving a workforce that is invested in the organization’s vision will become ineffective if your employees are disengaged. According to a Gallup survey, 51% of employees are not engaged at work, which certainly is a huge problem. And when there is an increase of disengaged employees within the organization, it is likely going to hurt you more in the long run.

As a manager, it becomes easy to point out the disengaged employees if you know the signs. In this article, I will be solely focusing on the signs of disengagement that you might miss out on. But before jumping over to that topic let us have a look at a few points as to why your employees are disengaged.

Reasons behind a Disengaged Employee:

Below are a few reasons that lead to disengaged employees in your organization.

1. Poor Career Growth

An employee is more likely to be engaged in their jobs if they feel that their career is going in the right path. But if your employees do not get the necessary training to learn something new, then they might be less driven towards their job and become disengaged at work.

2. Limited recognition

Recognition is an integral part of the company culture. Not only it enhances employee morale, but it also improves the overall productivity of employees. When employees work well and get recognized they feel valued and get more attached to the organization. But if they do not get recognition, then it hurts their enthusiasm, and it massively drops their confidence resulting in their disengagement.

3. Lack of Tools

Every employee wants to complete their job in the right way. But if they do not get the required tools to complete their tasks, then they will feel less satisfied with their workplace. Thus, resulting in low job satisfaction and increased levels of disengagement.

4. Lapse in Communication

To excel at their jobs, employees need constant feedback throughout the year. It is only possible when there is total transparency of communication going on with the leaders and the employees.

However, if there is a lack of communication within the organization then the employees might feel lost with their work in hand. They will not be able to analyze whether they are going towards the right path or not, which eventually leads to employees getting succumbed to disengagement.

5. No Delegation

A manager needs to delegate their employees before assigning tasks or jobs. With proper delegation, your employees are likely to become proficient in what they do. But if there is no delegation, then there are high possibilities that your employees are expected to make more mistakes. Hence, resulting in conflict between team members and thus increasing disengagement.

7 Signs That Your Employees Are Disengaged

Now that we have discussed what reasons might lead towards disengagement of employees let us now look at some of the signs that your employees are likely to show when they become disengaged.

1. Dropping Productivity

Your once highly engaged employees might be losing their productivity, which is a clear sign that they are going towards the road of disengagement. This can become a severe concern for any organization in the long run.

Drop-in productivity in a particular employee is going to affect the team as well. That individual employee might not bond well due to low morale and will not contribute much to the projects assigned.

2. Drop-in Quality of Work

Another sign of a disengaged employee is that they produce work, but it is not up to the desired level. They underperform and are very casual about it.

They often provide less output and never come up with their problems resulting in errors in their job. It can pose a long term threat to your bottom line if you do not figure out what exactly bothers them and what they need.

3. Employees Going Quiet

If you see an employee suddenly going quiet all of a sudden, then it is a clear sign that the employee is disengaged. There are chances that they might pull out of conversations and stay gloomy in their own space.

If such cases continue for an extended period, then the matter of disengagement is not getting any better. It is going to affect them psychologically, and there are chances that they might drift apart from the team eventually quitting their jobs.

4. Having Anger Issues

Engagement levels are surely going to get affected when a calm employee suddenly starts having anger issues at work. Situations like these give rise to an uncomfortable work environment, further affecting other members of the team.

When such things happen, then it is a clear sign that the particular employee is not satisfied with their job and is succumbing to disengagement. Furthermore, leading to a decrease in morale and conflicts among teams.

5. Late at Work and Leaving Early

Getting late for work at times can happen to anyone. It might be due to some personal work or some emergency. However, disengaged employees have that tendency to arrive late for work and leave early purposely.

It depends on you to monitor those employees who have frequently been doing it. And if it continues for a more extended period, then it might be time to have a good chat with them and try to solve their issues.

6. Absenteeism

Employee motivation is quite important when we talk about employees being committed to the organization. When there is a sense of purpose in them, employees will be more likely to be the front runners to take the organization towards the next big step.

However, if they feel that the job is not a great fit for them, then they will be less driven towards the purpose of the company. They will try to avoid work, increasing their absence rate and eventually leading to disengagement.

7. Avoiding Responsibilities

Engaged employees are more likely to be open to responsibilities and new challenges. However, disengaged employees do the opposite quite often. They try to avoid further problems and make excuses when it comes to taking responsibilities. It is a sign that they do not want to get involved much and skirt away from duties making them more disengaged.

Summing it Up

Human resources departments and leaders have always found it hard to increase employee engagement. It is a matter of grave concern that needs quick-fire solutions. Never take disengaged employees as a burden. Instead, try to solve the issues they are facing and help them become more driven towards their work. When you provide the necessary solutions to your employees, they will feel more valued and align themselves toward the organization’s goals.

Mrinmoy Rabha is a content writer and digital marketer at Vantage Circle. He is an avid follower of football and passionate about singing. For any related queries, contact editor@vantagecircle.com