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A disengaged workforce can be of any age, religion, culture, or nationality. It is a major concern for a company culture where productivity matters. 

Off lately, millennials and gen-Z feel more disengaged when they work at a place that’s too casual to care about their contributions. 

With the emergence of modern AI technologies, some feel left out and thus have checked out. Initially, it is hard to decipher disengaged employees. However, as employee engagement drops, HRs realise something is wrong. 

By the time they try to fix it, the disengagement spreads across the culture like the new norm. It has multiple downfalls if not treated and addressed on time.

A few are listed below. Feel free to read and see if you face the same issues that disengaged employees bring forward. Tackle them with highly mobile and agile uKnowva social intranet tools. However, let’s just read about these impactful changes first. 


Disengagement Affects Your Company Culture When:

1. Employees do not show up at work regularly. 

The first sign amongst many is this one. The most disengaged person wouldn’t be interested in coming to work daily. Their attendance would fall short of the criteria to be met. They might start taking unnecessary paid or unpaid leaves. 

If you confront them, they might not be sure or reply late. They also take holidays without prior notice, impacting the entire team’s coordination. 

Possible solutions:

  • Weekly/monthly catch-up calls
  • Focus on employee’s mental health
  • Train them to think better and bigger when at work
  • Show them the importance of having a disciplined work-life balance

2. Employees are not punctual to fix their attendance. 

It's not a good sign when your staff does not regularise their attendance mark. It shows they are casual about their timesheets, projects, and appraisals. That is the most impactful incident in a company culture where disengagement is shooting up the charts. 

Possible solutions:

  • uKnowva’s virtual biometric system
  • Show them how important is regularising their attendance
  • Reward them once for being punctual and disciplined

3. Employees are not actively participating in discussions. 

When your team members are not in a mood, it spoils the entire agenda of the meeting. It doesn’t even matter if you boost diversity in the workplace when no one pays attention. 

This usually happens when employees are not concerned about the topic of the meeting. Otherwise, they might be attending the discussion with a preoccupied mind. 

Possible solutions:

  • uKnowva’s social intranet
  • Ask questions in the middle of the discussion
  • Encourage them to present a unique solution

4. Employees start taking their work goals lightly. 

Disengagement seeps into your company culture when your staff is least interested in performing well.

They have no idea how much their goals weigh and what’s expected month-on-month. This could be because of ambiguity in setting up goals and KPIs for new employees. 

Otherwise, maybe, existing employees are not bored of their monotonous work. They need an upgrade or excitement in their work life

Possible solutions:

  • uKnowva’s performance management tool
  • Review your team’s performance regularly.
  • Show your team their results and impact on the company’s growth.
  • Help your staff set and adjust new goals with a greater impact on the PMS.

5. Employees always have an excuse to justify unproductive behaviour.

Disengaged and disinterested workers are full of excuses. They do not want to improve or come out of their comfort zone.

They might not be great risk-takers. That happens because there are fewer incentives and no proper system for timely reward and recognition. 

Chances are they do not see their journey long enough in the corporate culture. That’s why they do not seem to be serious about changing their unproductive behaviour. 

Possible solutions:

  • Reward teams for their timely achievements in front of the organisation. 
  • Use uKnowva’s performance and project management tools to appraise your staff timely. 
  • Show your staff the excitement of being productive in the company. 
  • Help your staff declutter their workstations and mind spaces.
  • Indulge in digitally smart conversations to decipher what’s wrong with them.

6. Employees have no idea what is their future in the organisation. 

Even if you welcome diversity in the workplace, it does not mean your employees will be excited. They might still show no interest or lack of judgement when it comes to decision making. 

That usually happens when employees are looking for other job openings and positions. They are not finding any value in their current job roles. Thus, they cannot see how well they can perform at the current pace for more years or months. 

To increase employee engagement and sort out this matter, you need to be an active observer. As an HR person, you need to know why there is a sudden change in your staff’s behaviour. 

When you talk to them, you will realise they have no insights about their future in the firm. They have limited purpose and perspective of their job roles assigned to them. That happens when you do not fine-tune their goals and KPIs as the trend changes. 

You lack the ability to nurture your diversified workforce. Hence, disengagement replaces the expected employee engagement levels in the firm. 

Possible solutions:

  • Provides certified courses and e-learning material to your staff.
  • Encourage your staff to learn new skills every 3-6 months.
  • Overview their performances and see what projects they do well. 
  • Assign them challenging goals to walk out of their existing comfort zone. 
  • Direct your staff to a better position by giving them internal appraisals and hikes on time. 
  • Provide them with multiple incentives, including overtime and referrals. 
  • Use uKnowva’s performance management tool. Then, analyse your team’s record-breaking performances or unnatural dips to tackle the situation before it’s out of control.

7. Employees do not initiate to lead a project even once. 

A company culture suffers more from unproductive behaviour when employees do not lead. They do not develop an entrepreneurial mindset. This shows that the team leader or the manager is unsuccessful in nurturing their talent effectively on time. 

Employees would feel new energies and participate in synergies to lead the team when they realise the benefits attached to it. They must have enough trust in the company, its management and its culture to bring about desired changes. 

If there is no trust or hope, employees don’t bother leading the conversation, let alone any project. 

Possible solutions:

  • Use uKnowva’s employee engagement tool for a quick feedback system.
  • Reward and appreciate employees who have given a workable solution.
  • Show your staff their voice matters by bringing the necessary changes they recommend.


Your company culture gets defined by your employees' effectiveness and active engagement. With disengagement, productivity suffers and drops below the unexpected levels. 

That is a possible outcome when you do not nurture your team members consistently with the right technologically-advanced tools. This is what the blog post above teaches you from one point to another. 

Contact us here to improve your employee engagement rates like never before. 

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