Hi, I’m Ben, and I’m a disengaged employee.
When we talk about disengaged employees, we look at it as a problem to be solved. In some cases (like mine), there might not be an easy solution. In case you’re wondering, I am not talking about my day job. I’m talking about a second gig I have on the side for the weekends. Read on…
The signs are there
I’m talking about my refereeing side job. On the weekends during the winter season I referee high school wrestling matches. And I don’t enjoy it at all.
I’m not putting forth extra effort. I’m not invested in the long term mission. Frankly, I spend a lot of time questioning myself why I do it at all.
In case you’re wondering, that is a prime example of employee disengagement in action.
So why sign up in the first place?
Honestly, I thought it would be an easy way to get a little extra money to help with Christmas purchases. The workload doesn’t conflict with my day job, which I love, and it is fairly simple (though repetitive and time-consuming) work.
I failed to realize a few things:
- When I used to referee, I was comparing it with a crappy day job. By comparison the refereeing was a blast.
- I didn’t have kids, and it’s tough enough to spend time with them as it is due to crazy work and travel schedules.
- There was a reason I quit in the first place. Annoying, pointless rules, shouting parents and coaches, and sore knees from jumping around all day isn’t my idea of a good time.
Sometimes people can’t be coaxed into enjoying their work. Sometimes people won’t love your company like you do. Sometimes “getting the job done” is the best you can hope for with some employees. And you either have to be okay with that, or you have to be prepared to replace them with someone who will be on fire about working with your company.
Some companies settle for a larger percentage of these types of “casual” employees, while others demand a higher commitment. Your job is to know which side your company settles on and help to recruit and select people who will align with that staffing arrangement.
Interested in what impact disengaged employees may have on your workplace? Click the link to read more on the high cost of disengaged employees.