Disengaged Employees … and How to Deal with Them

“If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm.”

~ Vince Lombardi

Disengaged Employees … and How to Deal with Them

By Angie Morgan and Courtney Lynch

Do you work with someone who has either given up, quit while on the job, or has completely disengaged from the team?  If so, it’s difficult to fire someone up with enthusiasm when they just don’t have the heart to give their all.

However, not all hope is lost.  Here are some ideas on how to deal with the disengaged employee:

  • First, check your credibility.  Are you someone who is influential to them?  If not, you may have a difficult time trying to inspire them to re-engage.
  • Next, empathize. Try to see the world from their point of view.  Seek to understand what led to their disengagement and try to understand if you are in a position to either help them with encouragement or provide them with resources to help re-inspire them.
  • Share your point of view with them.  Tell them what you see and ask them what you can do to help.
  • Don’t give up on them right away.  Take time to invest in the relationship.  You may find that your leadership inspires them.  You may also find that perhaps they aren’t the best person for your team (and you may/may not be in a position to do something about this).

You can’t always re-inspire someone and help them get re-engaged.  But you can choose to provide them leadership.  Often disengaged employees are that way because they have been left alone long enough to develop resentment for the organization and/or teams they are a part of.  They may not be immune to leadership, so be prepared to offer it to them.

This article was provided courtesy of Lead Star – a premiere leadership development firm. You can learn more about leadership by visiting their website at www.leadstar.us

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How have you successfully re-engaged your employees?  Please share your best practices and ideas with other Tip readers below.