By Catherine Adenle
Recognise any of the 12 ways you demonstrate disengagement at work? Check the Infographic in this article. Are you a workplace Zombie without realizing it? Believe it or not, you are not in the minority when it comes to disengagement at work.
Unfortunately, an epidemic of employees’ disengagement is raging in most organizations. In a most recent “State of the American Workplace” report, Gallup Research found that 70 percent of U.S. workers were either not engaged or were actively disengaged at work. However, there are some debates over the validity of this result, but we do know via various research that creating an engaged workplace leads directly to higher brand reputation, productivity, profitability, increased customer ratings, high retention of top talent and reduction in turnover.
There is a growing number of employee engagement surveys and tools out there on the Internet for a reason. However, organizations aren’t usually focusing on what really matters and can deliver lasting results for them. Knowing the basics of how to inspire a workforce and reward their efforts, as well as have a way to measure the results of an organization’s actions, and commit to making engagement continuous and not just a thing they do once a year, but part of who they are as a company is what is required.
Before we discuss the ways you as an employee demonstrate disengagement at work, first let’s highlight how an organization can raise employee engagement to avoid employees demonstrating zombie-like behaviours.
10 ways an organization can raise employee engagement
Companies can raise employees’ engagement by constantly doing these 10 things:
As an employee, while you read these 10 ways an organization can raise employees’ engagement with glee and pleasure, you need to know that you are also responsible for your own engagement at work. Why? Engaged employees stand out because they’re relatively rare. Gallup finds only 30% of all U.S. employees — and a mere 13% of workers worldwide — are engaged in their jobs.
You are responsible for your level of engagement too as an employee
You, your organization, leaders, managers, and teams all have a hand in supporting engagement at your workplace. Your own engagement at work is the degree to which you as an employee is involved in and enthusiastic about your work and workplace. Gallup measures this with its Q12 employee engagement survey. The Q12 survey items are written from a first-person perspective — “I know what’s expected of me …” and “I have the materials and equipment I need” This reflects the highly personal nature of engagement to you. Ultimately, the survey reveals whether you as an employee feel that your work meets your emotional needs.
As an employee, you are a workplace Zombie if you are disengaged and not offering more of your capability and potential at work. If your approach results in you doing the barest minimum of a workday at work, you demonstrate acute disengagement.
Your lack of commitment to your organization’s goals and values demonstrates disengagement. If your motivation to contribute to your organization’s success is simply not there, then, this is a reliable barometer for disengagement.
12 Ways You Demonstrate Disengagement at Work
You demonstrate disengagement at work if:
There is ample evidence to suggest that happy employees produce happy results at work. If you demonstrate disengagement at work, the onus is on you to find out why.
If the cause is your current workplace, then change your employer especially if most of your colleagues are as disengaged as you are. If the problem is you, then find out why and make some changes if you want to keep your job. Being disengaged at work is not good for you or the organization you work for.
Infographic: 12 Ways You Demonstrate Disengagement at Work
Now that you know the 12 ways you demonstrate disengagement at work, it is important that you also know some of the things that engaged employees do at work. Employees who are engaged at work get up in the morning and think, “I love my job, the company I work for, my team and the value we add to society. I’m going to work and I know what’s expected of me today.” These employees understand their role in an organization and how it contributes to the overall strategy of the company. They are always energized about their work’s purpose and objectives. They always feel part of a team, they are focussed on clear goals and they feel trusted and empowered.