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What is the impact of keeping employees who are not really engaged? Have you found that these employees create a financial burden on your company?

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Regis Quirin
Title: Director of Finance
Company: Gibney Anthony & Flaherty LLP
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(Director of Finance, Gibney Anthony & Flaherty LLP) |

I believe the answer to that question is based in your Performance Management System. If a Manager assigns 10 tasks to an employee and that employee completes all 10 tasks on time and accurately, is their level of engagement material?

We all engage at different levels of intensity at different times.

I would tell my employees that every job is composed of three buckets -
1) The first bucket includes all those items that excite you. It is why you do the job that you do.
2) The second bucket contains items that you do not mind doing, but they are not exciting.
3) The third bucket is composed of items you can not stand. Every job has them.
My level of engagement changes depending on what bucket I am working within. But I need to complete all tasks accurately and timely.

To finish the analogy. I strive to have 75% of my work in 1 and 20% of my work in 2 and 5% of my work in 3. When I find that bucket 3 increases as a percentage of my overall job, it is time to move on.

(Agent, JKS Solutions, Inc.) |

What are these employees contributing? Have you asked their peers? If they are collecting dust, you might want to reevaluate your strategy and put them to good use producing revenue or reducing costs.

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