Employee engagement is a key component to keeping your team productive and motivated. Companies have been implementing various types of employee engagement programs to make individuals feel more valued and driven in their work. But the question remains, how can you actually tell that engagement has actually increased at your organization. In this infographic, we reveal 9 undeniable signs that your employee engagement program isn’t working.

1. Not Going Above and Beyond

Employees going above and beyond in their efforts is one of the most important factors in determining whether or not your employee engagement program is working. When your entire team is engaged, each individual is driven to achieve their goals and uphold the values of the company where they work.

Examples of above and beyond effort include:

  • Stepping outside of a job description by helping other members of the team
  • Working more than the standard 9-5 to surpass your goals

2. Lack of Camaraderie

We’re not surprised that research shows that employees are happier with their work when they have friendships with their co-workers. Think of your organization like a sports team. When your “teammates” get along, they work hard for themselves, and also for each other. Camaraderie creates a common sense of purpose within the organization and reminds people that they’re in it with each other.

3. Job Title and Tenure More Important that Contributions

Many of us have worked with companies where job title means everything. Where the opinions of those who hold higher position, are more valued.

A flat structure is a system when there are few hierarchical levels between management and staff level employees. This gives every individual in the company, long tenure or not, the responsibility and autonomy to make decisions to help move the company forward. Even though the flat structure typically makes the most sense for small companies, some of the same principals can be applied for larger corporations. An example of this is to hold “skip meetings” when staff level employees meet higher ups in the company. If you’re a business owner, you can try holding designated weekly office hours for anyone to come in and meet with you.

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4. Indifference to Company Vision

Employees work far more productively when they feel they are contributing to a greater cause.. Companies need to focus on their “why” more than on their “what”.

5. No Pride in the Organization

Co-workers should feel connected with one another and personally care about the health of their company. They are proud to be a part of an awesome “tribe”

So how can you spot if there is a lack of pride where you work?

  • Employees never want to rock company apparel. They most likely have zero pride in your organization (or just a REALLY bad designer!)
  • When there is a new job position opening and nobody refers their friends.

6. Customer Engagements Isn’t a Priority

Are members of your team delivering a positive experience when they’re speaking to the customer on the other line? Engaged employees are going above and beyond to deliver the best experience to customers with authentic (keyword) enthusiasm.

7. Reactive Contribution

Proactive contributors are employees who vocalize their own ideas and offer recommendations on how to improve the business. Proactive contributors:

  • Seek out project on which to contribute to
  • Learn on their own time to boost their skills and knowledge

8. No Desire to be “in the know”

Teams that are engaged have members who what to know what’s going on with the company; good or bad. Employees who are engaged are invested in the company, and want to know the behind-the-scenes activities of the company.

9. Nobody Invest in Personal Development

Individuals who seek out opportunities to grow personally and professionally want to be valuable assets at work. By investing into their own professional growth, they are also indirectly contributing to the growth of their company. The most important job a manager has is to help individuals on their team get better each day.

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