Employee disengagement is something every business should be on the lookout for, especially now that many companies are utilizing remote workers. Here are 5 signs your remote workers might be disengaged and what to do about it.

1. Their Productivity Has Decreased

The first sign an employee has become disengaged in their work is often a decrease in overall productivity. You may notice that the employee does less work, misses deadlines, and just aren’t putting in the same effort as they did when they were first hired.  

What to Do

Set goals for employees to meet and give incentives for achievements. Even small incentives like a $5 fast food gift card can help employees become more engaged and motivated.

You don’t necessarily have to create a complicated goals and rewards system either; you can do something as simple as having lunch sent to employees once a month if they meet a particular initiative.

2. They Avoid Interaction with Team Members

Employees that aren’t interested or invested in their jobs or the company they work for often avoid interaction with coworkers. They may stay quiet in team meetings and avoid group projects, or they may withdraw from a teambuilding environment.

What to Do

Discuss the matter with your employee in a private, comfortable setting. Understand that they may have something going on at home or a life change that has impacted their desire or ability to socialize or interact with coworkers.

Find out what you can do to help; in some cases, this may be simply giving the employee space while they keep their head down and work hard to get through a rough patch.

3. They Clock in Late or Leave Early Frequently

Another indication that an employee may no longer be engaged on the job is if they sign in late or leave early on a frequent basis. An employee who used to stay late to finish up projects that starts to punch the clock should alert your company to potential disengagement.

What to Do

Send a memo or email to all staff within the company that reminds employees of your clock in, clock out, and late arrival policies. Make sure your policy also covers what consequences employees who violate it may face. Aim to be fair and consistent rather than harsh; company-wide guidelines that apply to everyone are ideal.

4. They No Longer Take Initiative or Volunteer

Employees who aren’t engaged in their work are unlikely to volunteer to take on tasks or projects and may stop taking the initiative in group projects. You may notice that you have to ask an employee to do things that they once did automatically, or that they no longer go the extra mile.

What to Do

Many employees stop taking initiative when the work becomes monotonous and doesn’t allow them to stretch their creativity.

Look for ways you can make tasks more fun and exciting, such as creating friendly competitions with prizes that employees can win. Make sure your staff has variety in their work and that logging in each day doesn’t become a chore.

5. They Complain or Have a Negative Attitude

If you notice that an employee seems to view their job or tasks negatively or complains often, this could be an indication that they’re disengaged. They may even be frustrated or resentful.  

What to Do

Meet with the employee in a casual environment and ask them how they’ve been feeling lately about their work. Ask what you can do to better support employees who may be struggling.

For example, an employee may be disengaged because they feel as though their co-workers don’t appreciate their effort. You may be able to offer your employee a special task or project that motivates them to better showcase their skills.

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