Can an Employee be Disengaged AND be a Good Performer?
Mark Williams, Member
Hi Jim. Not sure I can go along completely with your thought that "When someone is disengaged, all it really means is they have a life outside of their jobs."
I know many people who have been disengaged AND had boring lives outside work too.
It really depends on your definition of 'engagement'. I see it as being involved, buying into the mission of the team or organization, bringing a passion for what you do, being committed to excellence. It opens the opportunity for good performance. I have found that disengagement can lead to dissatisfaction, and engagement to satisfaction at work. Maybe they're two sides of the same coin.
But is it possible that someone could be 'satisfied' at work (good pay, perks, pension, conditions, etc) as per Hertzberg's definition, but not necessarily totally engaged?
I can indeed imagine certain people who are disengaged may still be good performers, but only because they get other intrinsic needs satisfied at work. Their growth and development, though, is likely to suffer. 30-7-2018