The Disengaged Person

Are we so over stimulated that we have become a disengaged society?  Are we so overwhelmed by the possibility that we won’t understand the change that happens we don’t want to even address the elephant in the room?  What happens when our next generation workers no longer really care about where they work and their impact on those around them?  What happens when people start only coming into a job to earn a living?

So many of us are already in those types of roles.  The interest and excitement of our work has faded and even begun to tarnish.  We no longer try to make improvements to our environments, and possibly even perpetuate practices that are detrimental to the overall function of our workplace.

Disengagement.  You have become a seat in a chair automated to complete tasks, that maybe aren’t even being completed correctly anymore because you missed the last training session which changed the process.

There are many symptoms of disengagement, for me the most prominent are the “I don’t care” attitude, and lack of initiative and creativity.  The attitude issue comes out when faced with change.  If asked for input they likely won’t participate as they just don’t have the energy of creative vision left to put into the change process.

I haven’t pinned why we are seeing this type of activity in students when they are in school to improve their skills.  The disengagement here is more related to a misunderstanding of what they truly need to be successful in their chosen career path and how different workshops are actually helpful.  They are tired of being spoken at through lectures about what they need to know that they fail to see the opportunity to gain practical skills that augment their technical ones.

I have had a conversation with a student recently that makes me realize we need to change this culture of being disengaged from innovation and change.  We need to make change exciting again and not the scary thing that it has become.  We need to show that innovation doesn’t have to be the next huge leap forward in technology or science, but the smallest change in a process that makes a large impact on someone’s life.

Very few people have the mindset to see where change is needed and provide the guidance to make if effective.  These people are burning out faster than new leaders are being brought online due to the challenge of working with those who are disengaged.  This is true even in education.

Take for example the professor who is lecturing, but wants to actually have a discussion around a topic.  In a class of 25 you will likely have 10 who speak up and engage in the discussion.  The rest will either listen (be somewhat engaged) and the rest are disengaged, surfing the web or completing assignments for classes where they are engaged.

Does engagement equate to interest?  Possibly, but then explain why when workshops or seminars are hosted that have been asked for by the student population there is very poor attendance.  The indication of interest was their, but apparently the engagement in pursuing the knowledge wasn’t.

I may be way off base with my conclusions, but these are some of my observations and frustrations that I need to share.  I am sure that there are others who are in similar situations and experiencing similar things.  I am still one of the engaged ones…trying to make things better, but I am concerned about my own burnout potential.

I think this could make some interesting research, which might already exist, but then it would be hard as you are trying to research a population that isn’t engaged…a conundrum.




Published by Sabrina J. Adams (Syryn TheVoice)

I have many different hats that I wear. Throughout my life I have been many different things: a small business owner, problem solver, mother, friend, sister, writer, designer, employee, manager, consultant, gamer, leader and many more buzz words that I can't think of. Many of these I still do, but some I have let go to focus more on the here and now. I like to share my experiences, ideas and funny things I run across. Ask me something and I will provide an honest and likely unfiltered opinion. I am still learning about life, myself, relationships, parenting and well everything else. I am not superwoman and don't really have my life together, but I manage and am willing to share my tips and learnings. Writing for me can be cathartic and sharing makes us not feel so alone in this crazy, mess of a world we currently inhabit.

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