Yesterday, we examined the concept of measuring employment engagement. Now, we focus on what causes disengaged employees. And we look at personality traits that lead to disengagement.

For a brief refresher on employee motivation, read these related posts:


An Infographic View: What Causes Disengaged Employees 

The following infographic highlights 13 personality traits that help identify disengaged workers: “These employees don’t support a good company culture. They don’t understand how much of a role company culture plays in the success of the business. Any employee not willing to help improve the culture will be a drain on the rest of the team.”

13 Personality Traits of a Disengaged EmployeeFrom Visually.

Dealing with Disengaged Employees

Earlier this year, Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic published an interesting piece in the Harvard Business Review:

At some point, chances are you will work with (or on) a team with disengaged employees. You will be more likely to succeed if you develop the skills to channel their lack of motivation into a productive force.

Highly engaged workers may not need a reason to perform to the best of their capabilities. And they end to give 100% even if you don’t spend much time motivating them. On the other hand,, disengaged workers will more likely wait for your orders, and need extrinsic motivation. Thus, this means using sticks and carrots.

If you want to gain a disengaged team member’s trust and respect, you need to first understand who they are and speak to their interests. Pay extra attention to what makes them tick and note their consistent pattern of behaviors. 


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