The zombie apocalypse is inevitable… or so the diehard fans of the genre will tell you. But in the meantime, while we await the outbreak, perhaps the more immediate threat isn’t the walking undead, but rather the walking disengaged.
It’s an epidemic
The walking disengaged are ravaging businesses at an ever-increasing rate. Better identified as those employees who, despite showing up for work each day, are not completely present, the walking disengaged can wreak havoc on a business and take a significant toll on productivity. And perhaps the most alarming fact about workplace zombies – they’re contagious.
Do you know how to spot the walking disengaged?
When one worker becomes disengaged, it’s only a matter of time before others follow suit. Often spurred on by feelings of “well, if he’s not going to give 100%, why should I,” disengagement can quickly infect even the most well-oiled teams and eventually spread throughout an entire company. But, before you start enforcing mandatory cubicle quarantines, it may be more beneficial to learn the tell-tale signs of the walking disengaged.
Often disheveled and unkempt, the walking disengaged have lost all regard for company dress policies and show little attention to personal appearance. If a once impeccably coiffed employee all of a sudden starts to favor a “just rolled out of bed” motif, it could be a sign that they have been infected.
The walking disengaged have no sense of urgency. No matter how high their inbox is stacked, these employees are often the ones who can be found aimlessly ambling about the office. What little attention span they have left will be fixated on anything else other than the task at hand.
Upon entering the office each day, the walking disengaged have digressed from a usually upbeat hello to a more somber groan accompanied by a heavy sigh. Once an active participant in team meetings, zombie employees are now more content to spend their time texting or staring at that weird spot on the ceiling.
Many a fool-hearted leader has fallen victim to the walking disengaged by assuming their employees are immune. Watching for the warning signs and then taking immediate action to get to the bottom of your workforce’s discontent is imperative to ensuring a business full of forward-thinking, actively engaged workers. Ignoring the problem only pushes us closer to a zombie apocalypse.