The ten causes of employees being disengaged (i.e. putting in minimal effort and not being motivated) are as follows:
Feeling invisible or like they are a cog in a wheel or a slave
Efforts of the employee are not measured or recognized
Work seems irrelevant
The job or workplace does not meet the expectations of the employee
The job does not match the skills or interests of the employee
The employee receives little to no feedback or coaching
No access to professional development or training
Employee does not see a possible career path
Employee is overworked or stressed
Employee does not trust or feel confident about the senior leaders of the company
When employees do not feel engaged in their organization, this will cause problems, for example:
employee does not put in effort (possibly spends excessive amounts of time on Facebook instead of working)
employees do not try to improve their skills
employees do not follow the rules or policies of the company
higher employee turnover
negative word of mouth and poor reputation of company
poor customer service
employees work slowly
Human resources are the most important asset for many types of businesses. You can invest in your human resources and your people in the following ways:
Clearly communicate the required skills and expectations of employees when they join the company
Assign a mentor to the employee and explain company culture, rules and policies to the employee
Frequently communicate the company's mission, vision, and values to employees.
Walk the talk! Employees will not trust or have confidence if the senior leadership says one thing but their actions speak louder than their words.
Job enlargement, job rotation, and job enrichment. This means that to keep employees engaged in your job you should either:
Give them more responsibility and a larger scope of tasks (provided that they have the skills to complete their job tasks)
Do not allow an employee to become bored with their job by allowing employees to rotate through different tasks in the organization
Communicate the importance of the job or if possible, design the job task so it is more interesting to perform.
Encourage your employees with praise, recognition, and performance incentives.
Engaged employees = faster work = better customer service = higher profits/growth
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