Show Them The Ring
If there's any part of you that is commitment-phobic, remember this: a disengaged employee has "checked-out" but you're somehow still paying their salary. There's no drive or passion in their work and you can bet that there's no innovation going on either. Your disengaged employees are sleepwalking through their work day — putting in time while you're putting in 401(k) matches.
One last reality, the disengaged aren't just unhappy with their own situation at work; they're busy acting out their unhappiness with your customers and those co-workers that still are engaged. So much good effort is being undermined; wouldn't you rather show them the ring and get engaged? Start by deciphering your current workplace culture and establish the practices which will promote a culture to stimulate employee engagement. Align your big goals with day-to-day work; listen to what your employees say they want and need; tell them exactly what you expect and how they can contribute; and, when it's right, thank them for the lift they give your company. Now, your profitable honeymoon can begin.
About the author:
Chris Traynor, SPHR, is the Director for Whip-Smart™ Management Consulting, Wayne, N.J., and has 25 years of experience in the solid surface industry as a consultant to fabricators, distributors and manufacturers. He can be reached at email@example.com.