When employees are disengaged, the business suffers. It costs money to hire and train new employees, so keeping your employees engaged becomes crucial. In this post we'll cover how to avoid employee disengagement by understanding what causes it, aligning employee goals with your company's goals, and encouraging work-life balance in your workplace culture.
Understand what causes employee disengagement
Employee disengagement is a measure of how engaged employees are with their work, their workplace, and their employer. There are many reasons why employees might feel disengaged at work—the most common being that they have little autonomy over projects or tasks they're assigned and aren't given the opportunity to learn new skills in the process.
It's not always easy for managers to spot employee disengagement before it becomes severe enough to affect productivity and retention rates.
Telltale signs that your employees are struggling with engagement issues:
1. They don't have clear goals
2. They don't feel empowered to make decisions that affect their work
3. They don't know how their work contributes to the company's mission
Employee disengagement can lead to low productivity among your staff members because it reduces morale among team members; as well as high turnover rates due to poor working conditions for employees who choose not to stay long term and find a better environment elsewhere. Today it's crucial to reduce your turnover in a time of Great Resignation.
Ways to help your employees feel more engaged at work
- Provide feedback on job performance regularly.
- Offer a reward or recognition program to recognize employee achievements.
- Create opportunities for your employees to learn new skills.
- Make sure your company has a clear mission and vision that everyone understands.
Align your goals with your employees
Employees who don’t understand the company's vision, or whose goals aren't aligned with their company's objectives, are more likely to feel undervalued and disengaged. Aligning employee and company interests is key to a successful business.
Ways to Align employee and employer goals:
1. Reward employees for good performance.
2. Provide coaching and mentoring opportunities.
3. Encourage employees to give their input on company decisions
If an employee doesn't know why they're doing what they're doing—or if they see no clear connection between their work and the success of your organization—it can lead them down a road toward dissatisfaction. This is why it's helpful for managers to regularly check in with employees on how their jobs align with company strategy, so you know if there are any adjustments that need to be made along the way.
It's also worth noting that some employees may need more autonomy over their own situations at work; in such cases, it may be wise for managers to give them more control over setting their own objectives (within reason).
Encourage work-life balance
Work-life balance is important for all employees, but it's especially important for those who are feeling disengaged. When you care about your employees and want them to be happy in their jobs, you'll want them to feel like they can take time off when they need it.
Some ways that employers can encourage work-life balance include:
- Provide flexible work hours so that employees can work from home occasionally or take a few days off during the week if they need it.
- Offering paid sick leave and paid vacation time so that employees don't feel guilty about taking time off when they're not feeling well or in order to spend more time with family or friends.
- Providing a supportive work environment that allows employees to take breaks during the day if needed, such as going outside for a walk or taking a lunch break.
- Creating policies and procedures that don't require employees to work long hours in order to meet deadlines.
Measure employee satisfaction levels, and make them feel heard.
Use a survey to measure employee satisfaction. It's important to know how you're doing before you can improve. To do this, use a tool like Clevy On Demand, which allows you to create surveys and conduct research on your own employees. This will give you data that can help you make strategic decisions about what factors are affecting employee engagement levels at your company and where changes need to be made.
To get the most out of employee engagement surveys, you need to make sure that the questions are relevant and that they're answered honestly. The best way to ensure this is by making sure that the survey is short and concise.
It's also important to make sure that you're giving out rewards for taking the survey. This will encourage employees to fill out the survey honestly, as well as help you gain a better understanding of your company culture.
An employee that feels heard will feel engaged.
The key to preventing employee disengagement is identifying what motivates and engages each individual employee in your organization so they feel like their work matters and gives them meaning and purpose. This starts with understanding what drives each person, what their values are, how they see themselves fitting into the bigger picture, etc...
You can create a strategy around engaging these individuals by identifying where there might be friction points in their work environment (like not enough autonomy), or perhaps giving them more opportunities for growth or development within the organization as a whole (like cross-training).
By doing this consistently over time - both at an individual level as well as across teams/departments within your company - you will begin to see meaningful changes happen among your team members while also improving overall productivity rates!