7 Warning Signs You're Checked Out at Work

7 Warning Signs You're Checked Out at Work
From Recruiter - August 16, 2016

Article by Ruth Ross

Have you ever hit the road for a leisurely drive or stressful commute, only to be spooked by a flashing warning sign on your dashboard? It happened to me just the other day, and I admit that it unnerved me. I got to a safe area and pulled over tofigure out what the picture represented. When I couldnt guess right away, I went the old-fashioned route, pulling out the owners manual and flicking through it to match my picture to the problem.

Most times, you can avert trouble before it starts just by being aware of the warning signs.

As an advocate for curing the global workforce of the disengagement epidemic, I am always linking things I see and hear back to this subject, and my recent car problem is no exception. It made me think about the concept of warning signs and how it relates to the critical business imperative of engagement. Although the signs of disengagement might not constantly flash as brightly as neon bar signs, they are there for the naked eye to seeif you know what to look for.

No matter what may have caused your disengagementthe job not being what was promised, afeeling of being stuck, a lack of appreciation and recognition, an ineffective boss, a toxic workplace, etc.the following warning signs are universal:

1. An I Dont Care Attitude

This person has given up on even making a pretense of caring about work. They show up and do what is expected, but they dont expend energy or the extra effort to make sure the work is high quality. Its all about just getting it done, not about getting it done right.

2. Increased Absences or Tardiness

The disengaged have trouble getting up in the morning and arriving to work on time. They show up when they want, not when they are scheduled to be there. They tend to suffer more than their engaged colleagues with stress-related illnesses. Their symptoms of disengagementcould be as small as headaches and colds, oras large as depression andanxiety.

3. Declining Quality of Work

People who used to care about the quality of their work and pay attention to small details no longer have the energy or desire to do so. They simply dont care if the is are dotted and the ts are crossed. Its more about checking off the box and moving on to the next task. Error rates increase when employees are not engaged in the job at hand, and work getsdone at a slower pace.

4. Mood Swings


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