Sunday, May 31, 2015

Your Disengaged Worker May Just Need a New Challenge

Your Disengaged Worker May Just Need a New Challenge

If you observe an employee who was once eager and engaged but now seems lackadaisical and negative, they may just need a new challenge. Sometimes just doing the “same old, same old” is the reason employees disengage. They are simply bored and feel stuck in a rut.

When this is the diagnosis, employee engagement training experts suggest you find ways to stimulate, stretch and challenge them. But there is a danger of overloading their system unless you proceed slowly and offer guidance along the way.

Here are a few ways to spark their interest and engagement again:

  • Give them a new but related problem to solve.

  • Ramp up what they are already doing by increasing the job responsibility, adding complexity and expanding team connections

  • Work together to identify an entirely new project…one that will require new skills

Have a good conversation about why they seem disengaged, make sure that they would welcome a more challenging role and explore the possibilities together.

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