How confident are you that your employees are staying engaged? Here are five of the most common signs that employee engagement is waning:
1. Productivity suffers. Engaged employees are all about going the extra mile and putting in extra effort. Employees who are not engaged are all about doing the absolute minimum. How are you measuring employee productivity and its close parallel to employee engagement?
2. Higher absenteeism. Companies with less engagement have employees take more sick time. In fact, one study by HR Zone concluded that companies with the lowest level (bottom 10%) of engagement, experience 2.3 times more absenteeism than those with average levels of engagement.1
3. Quality suffers. As disengagement spreads, you will start to see sloppiness creep into your employees’ work. Mistakes are made and customer complaints rise. This is one more reason to regularly survey your customers about the product quality and service they receive.
4. Employees disconnect socially from their coworkers. Employees who become disengaged tend to withdraw from their coworkers. For instance, they are less likely to join them for lunch or attend team meetings. Employee isolation is definitely a warning sign.
5. Workplace accidents increase. Engaged employees are safety compliant, disengaged employees are not. How are you measuring your safety compliance and safety outcomes? Are you tying them back to engagement levels?
Keep an eye on these five metrics to ensure your employees stay productive.
Source 1: HR Zone, 2016