Employee participation in company matters is not enough to tell how engaged or disengaged they are. An engaged employee will know the company values, stand by them, and even defend them if necessary. They will uphold the company’s vision and make it their own and come up with ideas that will make meeting the company goals possible. They will work as if the company were their own.
Sometimes you will find some employees who have no motivation work. They will produce results out of their job but will not appear in any activities that involve the company. The work production can be associated with their personal work ethics. So how do you know when the staff members are disengaged?
Here are some telltale signs:
- When employees become unenthusiastic about their job, they will not want to put in an extra hour or come to work on an odd day. They will keep their time as per their agreement on the employment contract and will even look for excuses to be absent. The quality of work may be as expected but there could be an underlying problem.
- Well-motivated and diligent employees will sometimes leave their desks to get something to eat because their stomach is grumbling. This kind of employee just thinks of work all the time, and feel challenged to do the best they can and to do it right. On the other hand, the disengaged employee will want to step out at any given opportunity. The restroom is one of the most common excuses, followed coffee and snack breaks.
- Employees who are not interested in social activities at the workplace might be disengaged employees. Yes, some are maybe introverts, but introverts typically still enjoy recreation more than work.
- Every company will have an end-of-year report on performance in the company and with other competitors. Employees who are well-connected to what is happening will want to know how the company performed and even want the actual results. They will even show them to their fellow employees. You will find that some employees will work in a place for a long time and never have an idea about company performance.
- It is quite common to find that an employee who does not perform well at work will not perform well even in their personal issues. Performance is a cycle. When you do well at work, you will do well at home. This is because there is a balance, mentally and psychologically. When you lack this balance, nothing seems to work well for you.
In every company, we have leaders in management. But are they leaders who motivate and inspire the other employees or they are just killing them internally? Leaders should be at the forefront, telling people what to do, leading them to the goal, helping them through the obstacles, showing the values, goals, and vision of the company.
Leaders play the role of setting achievable goals and setting a conducive environment to make these goals achievable. It is also of vital importance to know the interests of each and every employee.
Also, know your employee strengths so that you may have them in the right positions. This will help them realize their own goals and those of the company because they enjoy their job.
Keeping employee engagement is crucial. Management should look at employee appreciation ideas. This will help keep the employees motivated, and hence they will be interested in the company affairs. Consequently, this will contribute to improving the business. Try to communicate with the employees and listen to what they have to say about certain issues concerning the company and affecting performance. They could even come up with solutions for the business.
Be their leader and let them trust in you and you will have a better future for your company.