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Signs that Your Employees Are Disengaged

Updated: Apr 1, 2022

When your employees are engaged in the workplace, it can have a huge impact on productivity at your organization or company. Employees are enthusiastic about employer goals, communication becomes easy, and they’re more likely to have a lot of new and fresh ideas.

However, sometimes your employees can become disengaged. Whether they’re dissatisfied with their roles and responsibilities or have some personal struggles that are affecting their work – it’s important as an employer to know the signs and how you can help them.

So, in this article, we’re going to map out some characteristics of an employee who is disengaged.

1. Withdrawal

You can tell when an employee is disengaged when they start to only do the bare minimum to get by on their assigned tasks and they start to withdraw from participating in conversations or activities when you are attempting to build company culture as an employer.

2. Lack of Effective Communication

This could be seen through a decline in participation at meetings or less contribution of ideas about how the company or organization can improve or move forward.

3. Naysaying

If you notice an employee no longer on board or interested in new ideas or opportunities to drive the organization or company forward – then they might be disengaged. You can also tell if they no longer have a positive outlook for the business and an employee feels that the future is bleak.

4. An Employee is Acting Rude

Everyone has a bad day, but if an employee more and more is being short with the manager, other employees, or even worse clients – it could be a sign that they are disengaged and it’s affecting their attitude and behaviour.

5. Missed Deadlines or a Decline in Work Quality

These are very obvious signs. If an employee is starting to miss a lot of meetings, if they’re coming in late to work, or they are forgetting about deadlines for projects – you most likely have a disengaged employee on hand.

6. Different from their Usual Self

As an employer, you are probably very familiar with each of your employees in how they work and interact with everyone in the company. So, if you have an employee that is super bubbly and they all of a sudden aren’t very positive and outgoing – it could be a sign something is up.

So, what do you do?

Since the start of the pandemic, people have had a lot of ups and downs both in their personal and professional lives. Although things seem to be getting better, there is still a lot of stress associated with COVID-19 moving forward – which could actually be one reason why right now your employees could be disengaged. On top of the pandemic, most people have been working from home, which in some cases have blurred the lines between work and home causing a lot of people to feel burnt out.

Try encouraging your employees to take breaks.

  • Try to not answer emails after working hours.

  • Avoid working on the weekend.

  • Take a mental health day if they need a break.

  • Get fresh air by going on walks outside.

  • Take a lunch break without working in front of their laptops.

Try communicating with your employees.

  • Reach out to your employees and ask them how they are coping with working remotely.

  • Ask your employees if they have any concerns or feedback about happenings at the company.

  • Do they feel like there is too much going on? Is there a project or task that can be moved to the back burner if there is?

  • Encourage your employees to reach out to each other.

To read more about employee burnout, you can check out our article from here.

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