As leaders in business, we are under constant pressure. The lack of motivation in the workforce is one reason. This drains energy from leaders and companies but can be fixed by implementing better leadership principles. Management is frustrated by unmotivated employees. However, many see them as a cost of doing business.
It is also a considerable expense. This seems to be a cost we are willing to accept.
Why? I wish I could.
We have disengaged workers, which leads to disengaged teams. Teams are focused on their own patch, not the more significant business. We have groups that operate in silos and duos that perform poorly.
Leaders often resort to tactics such as competition, division and conquer, and leader boards in order to deliver performance. But, most of the time, performance doesn’t happen. But, there is sustainable performance.
Sometimes it can be challenging to see the possibilities in a situation such as this. It can be challenging to believe that there are better things. There is hope. To change behavior and become a better leader, we often have to suffer in order to make the necessary steps.
Losing is a sign of pain. Let’s take a look at the things we lose as leaders and managers of disengaged teams. These seven things could be the catalyst for making the necessary changes to improve employee engagement.
Disengaged teams perform well below average for engaged couples. A disengaged team is likely to produce 20% less productivity than an engaged one. If you have disengaged members, you get minimal effort and are often just enough to avoid trouble. They often spend more time making excuses than improving their efficiency.
There are no exceptions. There is no desire to produce the highest standards, and there is no need for overs. Committed team members are those who have higher standards and perform better. This is where the 80-20 rule applies. However, the problem here is that not all 20% of your team members produce excellent output. A disengaged team has the rest, but they don’t work at their best or desire to. A disengaged team doesn’t have a “best practice.”
Businesses must innovate in today’s fast-paced world. It is essential for business growth. There are many businesses that have failed to adapt to disruptive and innovative changes in their industry. Disengaged team members are not creative in how they spend their pay and plan for the weekend.
Consumers are more sophisticated and educated than ever. They have the option to choose, and they don’t have to accept poor service. They will be disappointed if they have a disengaged workforce. If you combine poor service with a negative attitude, your customers will move on to a competitor.
This is almost a given. It shouldn’t surprise us that profit is also lost in productivity, customer service, and performance. It is concerns to note that we also lose potential profits that the business could make. This may be something we don’t even realize as we continue to accept the status quo.
6. Your Health
Unmotivated employees can drain you. Their attitude creates drama and takes up most of your attention and time. The worst thing for a person is to focus on pressing issues. This can lead to a downward spiral of negative thoughts and even your own sanity.
You might not end up in an asylum, but it could feel that way at times.
7. Your ability to grow
Your ability to develop as a leader in the last thing you will lose. You will often be the one who picks up the pieces when your team is disengaged. You’re left working on the business, not on your own business. Your ability to grow is lost.
If you aren’t growing today, you’re actually going in the opposite direction.
Businesses that unleash the potential and motivate their employees to outperform those who don’t. Although we are referring to the adverse effects of a disengaged workforce, some businesses may not even realize they have lost it. They may not have ever had it in the first place.
What are you willing to risk? While many people accept the status quo, they don’t know what they are missing—leaders who take responsibility for their teams and lead better results.