In the fourth century BC, the Stoics lived in a tightly-controlled society. They weren’t able to change the conditions they lived in, so they changed their attitude through emotional disengagement. They called it ‘apathy’ and to them, it was a virtue. Recent studies peg the disengagement of employees at around 70 percent. It is difficult to see any virtue in employee disengagement. Employees disengage because of weak supervisors, onerous rules and policies, the drudgery of rote work without meaning, the inability to influence their work or work environment, and so on. Disengaged employees are going through the motions, and their companies are incurring an enormous cost by not fully employing the talent they pay for. The solution begins by finding out why people are apathetic; not to guess the reasons, not to tell them to behave differently, or impose some sort of incentive program, but to actually find out by asking them—engaging them.
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