Employee Disengagement and the Warning Signs to Look For

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,May 29, 2019


Disengaged employees have a staggering effect on business. Studies have shown that lower productivity has an estimated economic impact in the U.S. of $483 billion to $605 billion per year, while increased workplace injury, illness, turnover, absence and fraud have an even higher economic impact, according to Gallup. This is felt around the world at a global level, but it also has very personal and immediate effects on organizations, departments, teams and, as a result, individual employees.

So as you consider the impact of disengaged employees on your bottom line, keep in mind these top engagement warning signs:

  • Information overload
  • No clear understanding of business goals and priorities
  • Leaders who don’t “walk the talk”
  • Communication is a “check-the-box” activity and doesn’t get to employees in a relevant way
  • Leaders who don’t see value in communication and don’t plan their communication
  • Communication that is reactive, scattered and not relevant to questions or needs
  • Withholding information or limiting information sharing
  • Limited access to managers, information and leadership
  • Being told to do something without the appropriate context
  • Hearing news in the media or community before hearing it from their employer

Guilty of any of these? See any immediate fixes for you? 

—David Grossman

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