Signs of Disengagement at Work
Gallup’s 2022 State of the Global Workplace report indicated that 60% of people are emotionally detached at work and 19% are miserable. But you shouldn’t have to be struggling just to make ends meet. After all, you spend so much of your time at work, so it should be a place where you can find meaning and joy. Employee disengagement can lead to mental stress, burnout and even physical health issues, so it’s important to recognize the signs. If any of the following signs of disengagement ring true for you, it may mean you’ve become disengaged at your job.
Limited interoffice communications
Do you speak only when spoken to? Do you try to avoid talking to your coworkers and supervisors? When you do become pulled into conversations, do you say only the bare minimum? Communication breakdown is one red flag of disengagement.
Lack of initiative at the workplace
Employees who are enthusiastic about their jobs and engaged in the company tend to do more than the bare minimum. They attend non-mandatory meetings and, in general, go above and beyond their job descriptions, leaning into a greater role. If you’re finding yourself only doing the bare minimum necessary to keep your job, take note.
Trouble staying focused
Everyone’s mind tends to wander from time to time. Checking out for a moment during a meeting is one thing but constantly reading the news online instead of doing your work is another. It’s time to make some changes.
Picked up unhealthy habits
Job disengagement leads to work-related stress, which can easily lead to unhealthy personal choices. Self-medicating with alcohol, cigarettes or sugary snacks, for instance, is a sign that workplace discontent is bleeding over into your personal life, negatively affecting your physical health.
Taking frequent sick days
Everyone needs to take a break now and then to care for their mental wellness. However, if you’re calling in sick frequently because you just can’t face another day at the office, it’s likely that you’ve become disengaged at work and perhaps a bit burned out.
Crosworks is here to help address disengagements. Whether you are a leader recognizing these behaviors in others or you are feeling disengaged, our coaches deliver custom-tailored programs and services that are designed to help you find clarity and to create a plan that meets your needs. Contact us today to learn more.