Why Employees Are Bored, Fed Up and Disengaged

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2016-10-12 Email

Most U.S. workers are not engaged at work, according to a recent survey from Rapt Media. The resulting report, "U.S. Employees: Detached, Disengaged and Disenchanted," indicates that companies are out of touch with employees' expectations of their employer. For starters, most professionals do not feel their employer did a good job onboarding them, and they believe that their leaders are generally detached from the rank and file. Employees are bored by the repetition and lack of creativity that goes into internal communications, and they get very little lasting value out of training sessions. What's more, many organizations lack awareness about the negative morale situation in their company because a significant number of staffers admit that they're not truthful when completing engagement surveys. Employees "report feeling underappreciated by their bosses and disconnected from their leaders," according to the report's "Letter from the CEO," from Erika Trautman, Rapt Media's founder. "They're disregarding internal communications and forgetting their training. They no longer feel a sense of loyalty. … [Employers must] throw out the old playbook and begin contemplating new and creative solutions. To employ an oft-used quote from Thomas Jefferson, 'If you want something you've never had, you must be willing to do something you've never done.' If you're unable or unwilling to change, it's not a question of whether your employees will leave—but when. And even when they stay, they won't be as effective as they could be." An estimated 400 U.S. employees took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

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