Employee Disengagement. There’s No Quick Fix. But Fixing It? Totally Doable!
Pretty much every employer out there knows that employee engagement is vital to a successful organization. But studies show that lots of employers struggle with the issue.
Gallup’s most recent research from July 2021 shows that 36% of U.S. employees remain engaged, while disengaged and actively disengaged employees make up 50% and 14%, respectively.
Is it possible that your organization is suffering from employee disengagement right now? Are you struggling with this yourself, as their leader?
Some common signs we see with MAP clients who come to us seeking coaching in this area of business development, include:
- Poor communication
- Performance and/or work quality dropping
- Lack of enthusiasm for the job
- Gossiping (stirring up trouble)
- Withdrawal from activities, important conversations, teamwork, etc.
- Not showing up, missing work, calling in sick often
- High employee turnover
- Attitude issues, like a victim mindset, blaming others, or acting flippant, cynical or angry
- Negative company reviews/feedback from clients or customers
If employee disengagement has been a real workplace roadblock, know this: There’s no quick fix—can’t just wave a magic wand and get around it. That said, it IS fixable. Here are three strategic directions you can start following right now:
- Use the MAP Management System™ to build accountability and execute against your goals. The MAP Management System is an accountability system that builds performance and gets breakthrough results. It sets clear expectations for the job and holds people accountable to their goals and supporting activities. A proven strategy, it’s been embraced and successfully used by leaders and organizations since 1960.
- Invest in your culture. For starters, hire the right people for the right jobs—and make sure those you currently lead are in roles that align to their strengths and capabilities. Then, consistently empower your people with the right resources, knowledge and upskilling they need to succeed. Commit to workshops like the MAP Program that unlocks the power of your team through goal alignment, accountability and execution.
- Honor your people. An engaged culture is one that feels honored and appreciated—and there are so many ways aside from financial reward to do this! In fact, research shows that just asking for employees’ opinions and taking their ideas and solutions seriously can work wonders when it comes to boosting employee engagement.