The pandemic may have amplified people’s feelings of disengagement from work. How can managers help to get employees re-enthused and back on track?
An early sign of disengagement, and one of the first things you may notice as a manager, is the silence. An employee who previously talked a lot in meetings doesn’t say much. Even the ones who didn’t say much before, now don’t say anything at all.
Mark LeBusque, who specialises in humanising leadership, knows how to spot people who are in danger of throwing in the towel. “They start looking for their manager to come up with ideas or expect to be told what to do next. They may also have withdrawn socially, skipping the Friday night drinks or office socials,” he says.