Is disengagement inevitable? How to reduce it.

By Jacques Lévy, co-founder and CEO, FDM Partner

How many articles have we read about disengagement? For years now, we’ve been seeing great HR initiatives to reduce it. And yet, it continues to be very present. Companies are suffering from disengagement.

Disengagement is costly.

The results of the Gallup study are clear: 94% of French employees say they are not engaged at work. Even worse, 1 in 5 French employees say they are totally disengaged. But what is disengagement? It’s losing the ability to get involved in your missions, to be motivated by your work, to enjoy it, to dedicate yourself to it and to give it your best.

This lack of involvement and professional well-being costs France 97 billion euros per year, or 12,600 euros per employee per year according to Mozart Consulting! However, 80% of these costs are said to be “compressible” and recoverable, thanks to a better organization of work.

In fact, what companies expect from engagement is variable and depends mainly on their own positioning:

An increased involvement
Increased loyalty
Decreased absenteeism
An improvement of its employer brand
An increase in productivity
Better customer service

The pandemic situation we are experiencing has shown us how much we want to reconnect with the social link at work and how much we miss our ecosystem.