The Cost of Employee Disengagement

A lack of employee engagement is dangerous

As melodramatic as it sounds, employee disengagement is the silent killer that fells an organization. Engaged employees are employees who are active within the organization. Disengaged employees are simply not. So  what is the cost of employee disengagement and how does it kill an organization? Read on to find out.

1.Decreases The Morale of Others

To put it bluntly, a disengaged employee is the  bad apple in a basket of shiny, red apples. Some disengaged employees keep to themselves. Others tend to drag the people around them down with them by disrupting them, feeding them manipulative ideas and in general being unhelpful and difficult. One disengaged employee can potentially create another 3 to 4 disengaged employees.

2. Disrupts Workplace Harmony

Engaged employees can make an organization hum. Disengaged employees can throw a spanner in the works. When the harmony in a workplace is disrupted, an employee’s output and productivity can drastically decrease.

Employees cannot focus on the work at hand and that it turn has an effect on an organization’s overall productivity.

3. The Organization Stagnates

Engaged employees are constantly innovating and comping up with new ways for the company to move ahead. Disengaged employees do the exact opposite. They are completely cut off from their’s organization’s values and objectives and have nothing if value to offer. When there are no new ideas or innovations on the horizon, an organization stagnates and falls behind.

4. Unhappy Customers

Disengaged employees aren’t going to help customers or get you new ones. When customers do not feel appreciated or do not get the help they are seeking, they tend to become unhappy. And unhappy customers do not stay with organizations who make them unhappy. They will move on to other organizations who treat them better.

5. A Drop In Profits

Disengaged employees are costly. And tend to be a drain on a company’s time and resources. Unlike engaged employees who are invested in not only their careers, but even the well-being of the company, disengaged employees do not care. They have no interest in the company and they are content to put in the least possible effort, therefore seriously impacting an organization’s performance.

For the longest time now, employee engagement has been a corporate buzzword. Organizations tend to throw it around without realizing that there is another aspect to it too – that of disengagement. Disengaged employees are extremely harmful to an organization’s health and it’s time that organizations take stock of the problem and figure out ways to fix it.

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