Originally posted on Recruiter.com October 10, 2013.
When Passion Turns Passive
When a passionate employee turns passive, it doesn’t happen overnight. They disengage slowly but steadily. It’s hard to see the downward path until they’re a robot showing up to work, drained of the passion for their job that they once had. Many employees start off at a new company bright eyed and eager to succeed. That built-in engagement is often squandered by poor management. As few as 45 percent of workers are satisfied at work, and that’s just satisfied.
The subtle warning signs of disengagement are hard to spot, so managers and supervisors should think more along the lines of prevention rather than detection. When employees are passionate about when they do, it can be infectious. Disengagement can also spread like a disease, affecting those around them. Taking deliberate steps toward keeping employees passionate and engaged is like preventative healthcare for the company. Communicating with, and valuing employees are the two main objectives in keeping passion.
According to an Ivey Business Journal piece, “What Engages Employees the Most, or the Ten C’s of Employee Engagement”, “…an employee’s attitude toward the job’s importance and the company had the greatest impact on loyalty and customer service than all other employee factors combined.” Letting employees know that their role in the company is important and valued is where to begin.
Incentive programs and rewards are great opportunities to show employees their value. Setting realistic goals for the team or individual, know what they look for in rewards and encouraging participation through leadership is a great start. Evaluate the outcome and keep updating the reward or incentive system so that it stays relevant. Read more…