7 Signs of Employee Disengagement

A disengaged employee is one who is checked out and generally apathetic to the company and to his or her job. Disengaged employees can be a problem for companies because they can lower morale, and also they are less likely to perform well. Here are some of the top signs of employee disengagement.

1. Strong Absence of Enthusiasm

Oftentimes, employees will show excitement during certain periods, such as when a new project is being assigned, or when the company experiences a major win. However, disengaged employees often genuinely don’t care, and thus demonstrate little to no enthusiasm for their jobs or for the company.

2. Lateness

This can mean being late to show up for work, being late to submit a deadline, being late for a meeting, etc. Disengaged employees often just don’t care enough to make sure they are on time for everything.

3. Frequently Distracted

If a person is constantly texting, going on social media, hitting the breakroom, or otherwise doing things that are a distraction from work, then this is a sign of employee disengagement.

4. Complaining

Disengaged employees frequently complain while they are at work. The reason is often because they genuinely don’t like their job, or they feel they are not getting paid enough. So, many tasks may seem tedious and miserable for them to complete while they are there.

5. Poor Performance

If an employee truly does not care about his or her job or the company, then there is a good chance that this will be reflected in work performance. So, if you have employees who are performing at a subpar level on a recurring basis, then this could definitely be a sign of disengagement.

6. Bare Minimum Effort

This means that the employee does as little as possible, is never proactive, and never takes initiative. An employee who is disengaged will try to get by with making the smallest amount of effort possible to prevent getting fired.

7. Actively Seeking Another Job

If you catch your employee printing up resumes at his desk, or surfing job board websites, then this is a major sign of disengagement of an employee. It usually means that he or she is planning to leave the company as soon as he or she can find a replacement job.

In an ideal world all employees would be engaged, enthusiastic, and highly motivated. However, that is just not the case in the world we live in. Oftentimes, employees are disengaged, apathetic, and miserable at their jobs. Looking for these seven signs can help you to identify the employees who are disengaged.

Karin Jakovljevic

About the author

Karin Jakovljevic

Karin Jakovljevic is the head of marketing at Ximble, a powerful, cloud-based workforce management system, simplifying employee scheduling and time tracking for retailers, restaurants and small businesses.

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