How to Spot — and Address — Employee Disengagement

Employee engagement is sure to be at the forefront of any employer’s mind, but how often do you hear someone talking about employee disengagement? You can have a great work environment, but even if 90 percent of your employees are happy and engaged, there are bound to be a few stragglers.

Now, some employers think that one or two unhappy employees won’t have that big of an impact on their business. But even if disengaged employees are the minority, their managers and co-workers still have to pick up the slack for them, bringing down the productivity of the entire office.

Here’s how to spot a disengaged employee — and how to handle the situation.

3 Telltale Signs of Employee Disengagement

What does disengagement look like? While everyone has their off days, sustained patterns of the following three symptoms should motivate you to act.

1. Low productivity. This is often a dead giveaway for disengagement. Yes, it’s possible that an employee simply lacks the right skills or needs training. But if you don’t see a change, consider that they might simply be disengaged.

2. Irresponsible behavior. Disengaged employees might not take their schedules seriously, forget deadlines, deliver sloppy work or disclose confidential information. An employee who’s motivated and wants the business to succeed won’t do any of this on a regular basis. Naturally, one missed deadline isn’t a sign of disengagement — but multiple certainly can be.

3. A change in temperament. If an employee who is normally happy and hardworking gradually becomes sullen and isolated, the shift may be a sign of disengagement.

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