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5 factors that contribute to employee disengagement

11.27.2013
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It is a fact that some employees feel less excited or emotionally responsive toward their job. Employee disengagement occurs due to a number of reasons and it is important for managers to be aware of these factors to improve their employees’ attitude and ensure productivity. Here are some of the common reasons why people experience negative feelings about their work.

1. Misled about the nature of the job

One of the causes of employee disengagement is when people are being misled about the kind of job and position that are offered to them. For instance, they are given a different idea about their workload, job responsibilities and schedule, which was not what they were expecting during the interview process. Thus, transparency is important, so employees will not feel forced to work on a job that will not give them satisfaction. 

2. Incompetency for the job position 

There are instances that a person is hired for a job because there is a great need to fill a specific position. However, as time goes by, employees may feel misplaced and incompetent since they are placed in a position that is not suitable for them. When this happens, they will end up disliking their job and become more of a burden than an asset to the company. 

3. Poor training and harsh feedback

Companies that fail to provide proper training to new employees, can lead to employee disengagement. Moreover, lack of training will have a direct impact on the quality of work that employees provide, particularly when this is coupled by the absence of motivation and support from managers. Eventually, their disappointments and frustrations will cause them to quit and leave their job.

4. No opportunities for advancement

Every employee dreams of being promoted or advanced to their chosen career. Hence, when they look for a job, they prefer to be employed in a company that can provide them with a promising future. If the company does not offer such opportunities for advancement, employees are less likely to stay for a longer period, and they will not be quite productive or efficient at work.

5. Lack of recognition

Employees long for a sense of recognition or appreciation for every good thing that they do. If employees do not receive any incentives in spite of their efforts to help an organization achieve its goals, they will eventually decide to transfer to another job. With this in mind, a reward system should be set in place to encourage employees to do even better and stay longer in a company.

By being aware of their common reasons for employee disengagement, companies will be able to retain their competent employees and ensure the success of the entire organization on a long-term basis.

Published at DZone with permission of its author, Shany Dembak.

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