5 Reasons Employees Aren't Engaged at Work Post-PandemicApr 30, 2023
A recent report published by Gallup found that employees who are not engaged or who are actively disengaged cost the world $7.8 trillion in lost productivity. That's equal to 11% of global GDP. According to this study, employee engagement has dropped since 2019, citing the Pandemic as the main cause.
Why is it that employees are less engaged now? There are several reasons why employees may not be as engaged as they were before the pandemic:
- Remote work challenges: The sudden shift to remote work may have created new challenges for employees, such as difficulty in staying focused, and a lack of work-life balance. These challenges can lead to decreased engagement and motivation since the line between their professional and personal life is now blurred. It might be more difficult to switch out of work mode, especially if the employee has their workstation at home.
- Uncertainty and anxiety: The pandemic has created a lot of uncertainty and anxiety for employees, both personally and professionally. Concerns about job security, health, inflation, and family can all contribute to decreased engagement and productivity.
- Lack of social interaction: For many employees, work is not just about the work itself, but also about the social interaction and sense of belonging that comes with being part of a team. Remote work can make it difficult to connect with colleagues, which can lead to a sense of isolation and disengagement.
- Change fatigue: The pandemic has forced many employees to adapt to new ways of working, often on short notice. This constant change can lead to fatigue and burnout, which can affect engagement and motivation.
- Leadership and communication: Leaders play a crucial role in keeping employees engaged and motivated. If leaders are not communicating effectively or providing the support that employees need, it can lead to disengagement.
To address these challenges, organizations can focus on creating a supportive work environment that promotes communication, collaboration, and work-life balance. Leaders can also provide regular feedback and recognition, and invest in employee development and well-being. iFlower Solutions is here to help with professional development and boosting mental fitness to improve wellness, and work performance.
Read the entire Gallup report: Gallup's State of the Global Workplace: 2022 Report.