I read a blog today called Disorganizational Behavior discussing employee disengagement. It struck a note with me, as it should with all HR Managers. The topic dealt with a Kenexa study that showed that employee’s become disengaged, or disenchanted, with their jobs after about 6 months. According to the study this is associated with a heavy cost to the company. Lost productivity, lost training cost, potential turnover and replacement costs.
However, according to the DB blogger “One thing the study didn’t discuss, however, was why employees are becoming disengaged. I think part of it has to do with people realizing that all of the promises made by the company aren’t going to come true, or that the job isn’t exactly what they thought it was.” And the blogger makes a point all HR Managers need to pay heed to: “It is no secret that it is imperative to organizational success and growth to keep employees engaged and happy. With new hires, management must be explicit about what the job is about, what the duties are, what role they will have within the organization (or group/team), and what is expected of them.”
So click on the link above and read this entire blog. Then look seriously at your organization and assess how much of an issue this is for you.