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23 Sources of Iatrogenic Disengagement

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Iatrogenic disengagement is the employee disengagement that is caused inadvertently by our efforts to improve employee engagement.

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23 Sources of Iatrogenic Disengagement

  1. 1. 23 Things to Avoid That Cause Iatrogenic Disengagement Are you and your organization creating the very disengagement you are trying to solve? In medicine there is a term call iatrogenic illness, defined as of or relating to illness caused by medical examination or treatment. A common example is to go to the hospital for a procedure and end up with an infection. We don’t want to infect our employees with disengagement but many things we do may unknowingly or unintentionally be creating the very problem we are trying to solve with employee engagement. Here is a list of 23 sources of disengagement caused by our efforts to engage:
  2. 2. The Employee Engagement Network 3 23 things to avoid that cause Iatrogenic Disengagement by David Zinger Taking away personal responsibility for engagement when we state that managers, leaders, or organizations are responsible for engagement. 1
  3. 3. The Employee Engagement Network 4 23 things to avoid that cause Iatrogenic Disengagement by David Zinger Using anonymous surveys unintentionally tells employees we don’t want to know who they are. 2
  4. 4. The Employee Engagement Network 5 23 things to avoid that cause Iatrogenic Disengagement by David Zinger Asking for comments on a survey and never ensuring that employees know that their comments were read and respected. 3
  5. 5. The Employee Engagement Network 6 23 things to avoid that cause Iatrogenic Disengagement by David Zinger Stopping our employee engagement work because we don’t like the lack of results we have received. 4
  6. 6. The Employee Engagement Network 7 23 things to avoid that cause Iatrogenic Disengagement by David Zinger Asking questions on an engagement survey that we lack the wherewithal to address. 5
  7. 7. The Employee Engagement Network 8 23 things to avoid that cause Iatrogenic Disengagement by David Zinger Taking far too much time between when we survey employees and when we release the data and sometimes never releasing the data. Engagement measure should be more like good toasters. You insert the data and have it pop up in no time. 6
  8. 8. The Employee Engagement Network 9 23 things to avoid that cause Iatrogenic Disengagement by David Zinger When employee engagement is talked about as something extra or a thing. 7
  9. 9. The Employee Engagement Network 10 23 things to avoid that cause Iatrogenic Disengagement by David Zinger Creating high levels of frustration when we foster motivation but fail to give employees the proper tools to do the job. 8
  10. 10. The Employee Engagement Network 11 23 things to avoid that cause Iatrogenic Disengagement by David Zinger When engagement is used as a new word for motivation and we fail to look deeper. 9
  11. 11. The Employee Engagement Network 12 23 things to avoid that cause Iatrogenic Disengagement by David Zinger Telling employees that we expect rather than encourage them to have a best friend at work. 10
  12. 12. The Employee Engagement Network 13 23 things to avoid that cause Iatrogenic Disengagement by David Zinger Having employee engagement as a mere program or event and expecting sustainable improvement. 11
  13. 13. The Employee Engagement Network 14 23 things to avoid that cause Iatrogenic Disengagement by David Zinger When we fail to ask employees directly what can be done to improve engagement. 12
  14. 14. The Employee Engagement Network 15 23 things to avoid that cause Iatrogenic Disengagement by David Zinger When we fail to ask employees to write some of the engagement survey questions. 13
  15. 15. The Employee Engagement Network 16 23 things to avoid that cause Iatrogenic Disengagement by David Zinger When we fail to believe in our employees. 14
  16. 16. The Employee Engagement Network 17 23 things to avoid that cause Iatrogenic Disengagement by David Zinger When disengagement is treated as a punishable offence rather than a trigger for a conversation. 15
  17. 17. The Employee Engagement Network 18 23 things to avoid that cause Iatrogenic Disengagement by David Zinger When we fail to address progress and setback as a key engagement issue. 16
  18. 18. The Employee Engagement Network 19 23 things to avoid that cause Iatrogenic Disengagement by David Zinger When our work becomes creepy. 17
  19. 19. The Employee Engagement Network 20 23 things to avoid that cause Iatrogenic Disengagement by David Zinger Failing to end something before we begin something. 18
  20. 20. The Employee Engagement Network 21 23 things to avoid that cause Iatrogenic Disengagement by David Zinger When we resort to hype and hyperbole about being a great place to work. 19
  21. 21. The Employee Engagement Network 22 23 things to avoid that cause Iatrogenic Disengagement by David Zinger Paying lots of money to be a great place to work and get the badge but there is a lack of substance behind the badge or credential. 20
  22. 22. The Employee Engagement Network 23 23 things to avoid that cause Iatrogenic Disengagement by David Zinger Believing that everyone should find the same sense of meaning from their work. 21
  23. 23. The Employee Engagement Network 24 23 things to avoid that cause Iatrogenic Disengagement by David Zinger Failure to make use of the inherent engagement in smart phones and tablets. 22
  24. 24. The Employee Engagement Network 25 23 things to avoid that cause Iatrogenic Disengagement by David Zinger Failure to move from surveys to just in time bio-measures of engagement. 23
  25. 25. The Employee Engagement Network 26 23 things to avoid that cause Iatrogenic Disengagement by David Zinger What sources of iatrogenic disengagement are you creating? Don’t let what you do in the name of employee engagement become the source of more disengagement. David Zinger offers speeches, education and consulting to prevent iatrogenic disengagement and create healthy employee engagement for the benefit of all. Engage David today: David Zinger Website: www.davidzinger.com Email: david@davidzinger.com Phone 204 254 2130

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