5 Reasons for Employee Disengagement and How to Tackle them

By Benefit One USA, Inc. Jan 14, 2020



67% of the American workforce is either not engaged or actively disengaged. This means that two-thirds of your employees are unmotivated, uninterested or are actively looking to change employers. Disengaged employees are the primary cause of a drop in productivity. 

Employee disengagement is not an overnight process but a slow buildup of issues and concerns that employees face which are not being addressed. 

Here are 5 reasons for employee disengagement and how your organization should address them to boost engagement and productivity: 

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  • Poor Management

There is a common saying that people don’t quit jobs, they quit managers. Managers and company leadership greatly impact the engagement levels of their employees. Poor management can be due to any number of reasons including poor communication, lack of feedback and support or absence of one-on-one time. A common concern in bigger organizations is a lack of transparency or a greater say in the company decisions. 

Employees need to be provided with a clear idea of what their job role entails and a definite set of expectations. They also need to be provided timely and regular feedback addressing their performance and how they could improve. Employees should not be made to feel like just a cog in a wheel. They should be informed of any policy or direction changes and their inputs should be heard and appreciated.   

  • Lack of Career Growth

Employees can often feel stuck in a rut at work with no opportunities to increase their skill set or career growth. This can lead to a feeling of demotivation for them. Organizations should provide employees with ample opportunities for career growth including organization training sessions, management opportunities amongst others. Employees will be more invested in a company when they are stakeholders in the growth of the organization. 

  • Lack of work-life balance

Excessive workload or unrealistic deadlines can often cause employees to burn out or become disengaged. A healthy work-life balance is not only required for the general happiness and wellbeing of your employees but also for them to perform at their optimum levels. 

Companies should focus on setting realistic and appropriate goals for the financial year and also on good task delegation. This will help make sure that all employees can maintain a healthy balance between their work and personal lives. 

  • Lack of Recognition

Lack of recognition is one of the most important causes of disengagement amongst employees. Most people spend a fair chunk of their waking hours at work. They work hard towards the greater good of your organization. Therefore it is essential to recognize as well as reward their efforts. 

Effective rewards and recognition programs such as Benefit One USA’s platform lead to happier, motivated and more engaged employees. 

  • Subpar Pay and Benefits

Low pay can not only result in disengaged employees but also cause a rise in the attrition levels. 

The current labor market is very competitive with record low numbers of unemployment rates. Companies need to pay their employees competitive salaries as well as provide them with great benefits to not only attract the best talent but to retain them too. 

So which employee concerns should you address first? There is really no right answer since it could differ from organization to organization. Often a good idea is to conduct periodic employee surveys where such questions could be addressed. This could provide the company leadership with a more accurate idea of the levels of and reasons behind employee disengagement and the ways to address the issues. 

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