Employee Engagement In The Workplace – Curing The Epidemic Of Disengaged Workers [INFOGRAPHIC]

Employee Engagement In The Workplace – Curing The Epidemic Of Disengaged Workers [INFOGRAPHIC]

Disengaged employees are harming productivity in the workplace. They cost employers billions in lost revenue and hiring expenses (since they’re also more likely to quit their jobs). Not to mention their work tends to be lower quality than that of engaged workers.

But disengaged employees most likely aren’t trying to commit a sneaky sabotage or get back at “The Man.” Often, disengaged behavior is a defense mechanism for employees who feel demoralized by a lack of fulfillment in the workplace.

Social and economic theory expert Richard Florida conducted a study in which he found that employees most want challenge, responsibility, flexibility, and a stable work environment from their careers—in that order. Employees who lack these things often feel unappreciated or unsafe. This sparks their natural instinct to protect themselves by taking their minds off the depressing matter of their work.

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Disengaged employees can often be found playing games, chatting, or surfing the internet—lighthearted things that act as a “pick-me-up.” These distractions are a way of bringing positivity into what they perceive as a negative environment.

So, what can employers learn from this?

First, employee disengagement is one epidemic that money can’t cure—because money isn’t what employees want. That’s why employers have to learn what employees really want from their work and what causes them to feel unmotivated. There’s no way to fix a problem without first diagnosing the roots.

Second, employers need to take responsibility for the culture of their workplace. Company leaders have the power to motivate employees by creating a positive, safe work environment. These motivated employees become engaged employees.

To kickstart your program, Company Folders created this awesome employee engagement guide. Read on to find out what your employees are really doing at work, why they’re doing it, and how you can motivate them to reconnect.

Employee Engagement In The Workplace – Curing The Epidemic Of Disengaged Workers

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Ankur Shah is the founder of the Value Investing India Report, a leading independent, value oriented journal of the Indian financial markets. Ankur has more than eight years of equity research experience covering emerging markets, with a focus on India and South East Asia. He has worked as both a buy-side investment analyst for a global long/short equity hedge fund and a sell-side analyst for an emerging markets investment bank. Ankur is a graduate of Harvard Business School. You can learn more about his latest views on global markets at the Value Investing India Report. -- He can be emailed at [email protected]
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