Top Nine Reasons Your Employees Feel Disengaged. And How to [Change That]

Dr. Colleen Batchelder
5 min readNov 14, 2022

It’s no secret that employee engagement is a huge issue in today’s workplace. A recent study by Gallup found that only about one-third of American employees are engaged at work — meaning only a small fragment of your workforce is truly invested in their jobs.

I know. This is not exactly what you wanted to hear. But the good news is, there are ways to overcome these employee engagement problems. In fact, there are nine most common reasons for employee engagement problems — and solutions for each one.

1. Employee Engagement Problem: Lack of Communication

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One of the most common employee engagement problems is a lack of communication. When employees feel like they’re in the dark, it’s only natural for them to become disengaged.

Solution: The best way to combat this issue is by implementing regular check-ins with your employees. This could be anything from weekly one-on-one meetings to monthly team huddles. The key is to create an open line of communication. This way employees always feel like they know what’s going on — and that their voices are being heard.

2. Employee Engagement Problem: Unclear Goals

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Another common engagement issue is when employees don’t have a clear understanding of what’s expected of them. If they’re not sure what the goals are, how can they be expected to meet (or exceed) them?

Solution: The solution here is pretty simple: make sure your employees know what the goals are. Whether it’s setting quarterly targets or communicating the company’s mission statement, it’s important that everyone is on the same page. Once employees know what they’re working towards, they’ll be more likely to stay engaged.

3. Engagement Problem: Lack of Development Opportunities



Dr. Colleen Batchelder

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