Is Your Rat Disengaged?


If you stick your hand in a box, and are suddenly bitten by a rat, the first thing you want is for the critter to disengage its teeth. If you’re getting your butt kicked by the local bully, your best bet is to disengage and remove yourself from the situation. And if your manager or supervisor doesn’t care about your future with the company you’re working for, you may think it is time to disengage from your job and move on.

Disengaging can be a good thing if you’re the one in a bad situation. However if you’re the rat, the bully, or the supervisor, it’s the last thing you want to happen - especially the supervisor. The rat can find someone else to bite, and the bully can find someone else to pick on and beat up, but the supervisor can’t always find someone to replace his employee.

Employees who become disengaged from their job almost always give telltale signs they’re about to quit. When they do, however, most managers and supervisors miss these signs. The reason is often because these leaders are disengaged from their employees, and not mindful of what is happening around them. They have no idea what is going on in their company, and, consequently, lose a good employee.


Good, qualified employees are hard to find, and costly to replace. When these employees become disengaged, very little can be done to dissuade them from leaving. And they leave for a variety of reasons. They might become disengaged because they are working in a toxic environment, or their manager is playing favorites. They might become disengaged because they feel as if they have no future with the company, or their life has become imbalanced. Believe it or not, money is one of the last reasons why an employee becomes disengaged from their job in this present job market.


When employees become disengaged from their job, the problem almost always involves disengaged leadership. If this is happening in your company, it may be time to train your managers and supervisors on how to be mindful, how to be aware of their people, and how to prevent them from becoming disengaged. Losing employees can be costly. However, when an employee is fully engaged in their job, they will most likely be fully invested in what they do for your company. When this happens it often fosters a sense of community, and an environment of hope and optimism. This almost always translates into increased productivity, and increased profitability.


If fully engaged employees, increased productivity, and increased revenue is what you want for your company, contact me at timwade@iamtimwade.com and we can discuss how we can make this happen.

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