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Employees Are Killing Your Business

Originally posted on Recruiter.com January 31, 2014

3 Types of Employees: How to Spot the Silent Killer

medium_5829963058After polling more than 25 million Americans within hundreds of organizations, the 2013 State of the American Workplace Report conducted by Gallup has developed interesting findings regarding employee engagement. The results have led Gallup to determine three types of employee engagement levelengaged, disengaged and actively disengagedbut what does this all mean? Well, here’s a quick breakdown of Gallup’s report to get us started!

1. Engaged Employees -”Engaged employees work with passion and feel a profound connection to their company. They drive innovation and move the organization forward.”

2. Disengaged Employees -”Not engaged employees are essentially ‘checked out.’ They’re sleepwalking through their workday, putting time — but not energy or passion — into their work.”

3. Actively Disengaged Employees – “Actively disengaged employees aren’t just unhappy at work; they’re busy acting out their unhappiness. Every day, these workers undermine what their engaged coworkers accomplish.”

Of the 100 million people in the U.S. workforce…

  • Only 30 percent of U.S. workers are engaged and inspired at work.
  • 20 percent of U.S. workers are actively disengaged.
  • 50 perent of U.S. workers are present, but not engaged or inspired within their workplace.

Meaning that “70% of U.S. workers are either disengaged or actively disengaged within their organization.”

An actively disengaged employee may:

    • Monopolize manager’s time
    • Call in sick more often and have more work-related accidents
    • Contribute to “shrinkage” (office supplies, product, etc.)

A disengaged employee may:

    • Kill time and/or are “checked out”
    • Show little or no concern for the success of the organization
    • Revolve their day around breaks

Actively disengaged employees tend to hold a grudge toward the company. They go out of their way to disrupt operations or can even act out subconsciously. It’s the veteran employee who lost the promotion to the new guy; it’s the employee who justifies using the company card for a personal purchase because she feels undervalued. These actively disengaged employees who count for 20 percent of the workforce are costly to companies.

“Active disengagement costs U.S. employers an estimated $450 billion to $550 billion annually.” Read more…

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