Why Poor Workplace Engagement is Killing Your Business

Employee engagement is different than employee satisfaction, though they both sometimes get rolled into one. Employee engagement refers to the inclusiveness of contributions among the team, while employee satisfaction refers to the happiness of the team at the company. Both are important and often intertwine – a disengaged workforce is often unsatisfied, and vice versa. Unhappy employees aren’t the only possible pitfall of a scattered team. Here are three ways your business can suffer from poor workplace engagement and inclusiveness:

Decreased Productivity. Cultivating an engaged workforce takes time, but it is ultimately just an investment in your team’s productivity. An effective office must be inclusive and communicative. To fulfill the potential of your organization’s mission, all team members should be included in the communication loop at all times. Having just one employee out of the mix, or one concern go unheard, can make the difference between good and great results.

Missed Deadlines. Engaged employees will work together as a team to accomplish tasks as a team. They will delegate tasks fairly, pick up the slack and hold each other accountable for making deadlines. However, disconnected employees will hardly work as a team. Instead, they might not even be on the same page about what needs to get done! This will quickly result in a pileup of work on the manager’s hands and missed deadlines. While no team is perfect and missed deadlines can happen to even the best teams, the major difference between a superstar team and a mediocre one is how they respond to mistakes; an engaged workplace will work together to evaluate what went wrong and how they can prevent it in the future, while a disconnected workplace will play the blame game and avoid crafting real solutions.

Mindless Paper Pushing. An engaged workforce is one that feels valued and that their contributions have an impact to the organization at large. Good ideas can come from anywhere in the business, not just at the top, and your entry or mid-level employees may just have the idea to take your business to the next level. However, if they are disengaged or feel that they never have the platform to speak with leadership, you will never hear these ideas.