21 Signs That Work is Broken – Employee Disengagement

Jun 9, 2012 | Business News and Tips

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21 Signs. Here is a list of 21 signs that work is broken and disengagement rules the day:

  1. There is a lack of clarity of results or even a lack of results
  2. Too many results are attempted without enough capacity
  3. Results are clear but lack any meaning or significance for employees
  4. Performance is reduced to a management system rather than the daily lifeblood of work
  5. There is a failure to hold engaging conversations when performance fails to meet expectations
  6. The connections between performance and results are weak or nonexistent
  7. There are too many people and structural barriers to progress
  8. Setbacks trump progress by a factor greater than 2 to 1
  9. Collaboration tends to result in many setbacks and disengaging interactions
  10. Relationships are sacrificed in the name of achieving results
  11. Relationships are viewed as mushy unimportant stuff or depersonalized as human capital
  12. Individuals and organizations suffer people-myopia, barely noticing each other, and failing to voice recognition for each other
  13. Moments for engagement are frittered away as small and insignificant rather than small and significant opportunities for engagement
  14. The state of flow is squeezed out by anxiety and boredom
  15. Employees are unaware or fail to leverage the power of small, smart, and significant steps
  16. Strengths are dismissed as a short assessment tool completed at a half day workshop that gives you your top 5 strengths
  17. 80% of attention is focused on weakness, problems, gaps, failures, and inadequacies
  18. There is no compelling why to work
  19. The return to individuals for work contribution is reduced to an hourly rate or salary
  20. The organization and individuals fail to create and find well being within work
  21. Mental, emotional, and organizational energy is frittered away and work is experienced as an energy drain not an energy gain.

Let’s turn the pyramid of employee engagement around to it original position so that we can:

Achieve results, maximize performance, path progress, build relationships, foster recognition, master moments, leverage strengths, make meaning, enhance well being, and enliven energy.

David Zinger a Winnipeg based consultant is devoted to helping organizations and individuals fully engage in work to build and sustain successful and meaningful results and relationships. Request his speeches, workshop, or consulting on the pyramid of employee engagement to engage all of your employees. Mr. Zinger founded and hosts the 4700+ member Employee Engagement Network. Contact David at [email protected]

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