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Employee Engagement in Reverse: 25 Ways Employees Disengage

Here is a playful list of 25 ways various employees disengage from their work:

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  1. Dentists feel they are going through the same old drill patient after patient
  2. Surgeons who can no longer cut it
  3. Truckers lose their drive
  4. Bankers continually losing interest
  5. Florists who fail to bloom
  6. Jewelers who lose their sparkle
  7. Firefights who are burnt out
  8. Pilots who just take off
  9. Teachers without any class
  10. Massage therapists who lose their touch
  11. Programmers who lose the code
  12. Carpenters who are board
  13. Plumbers who won’t take the plunge and feel drained everyday
  14. Deep sea divers who have become shallow
  15. Shoe sellers who have lost their sole and become heels
  16. Grocery produce workers who are past their best before date
  17. Cooks who can’t stand the heat
  18. Photographers who lose their focus
  19. Coaches who are all played out
  20. Butchers who are constantly beefing
  21. Hockey referees who no longer whistle while they work
  22. Lumberjacks who are stumped
  23. Judges who are benched
  24. Architects without any plans
  25. Detectives who are clueless

How does your profession disengage?

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David Zinger is an expert  global employee engagement speaker and consultant who uses the pyramid of employee engagement to help leaders, managers, and organizations increase engagement.



Employee Engagement Friday Factoid #23: 93% of us work with a Slacker

Are you slacking or picking up the slack?

Slacking co-workers cause a quarter of their hard-working colleagues to put in four to six more hours of work each week…four out of five say the quality of their work declines when they have to pick up their co-workers’ slack — a huge potential blow to the bottom line when you consider that 93 percent have a co-worker who doesn’t do his or her fair share.  Stuck With a Slacking Co-Worker?


This survey was conducted by Vital Smarts and offered support for the importance of holding Crucial Conversations and Crucial Confrontations when working with others who have disengaged.

David Zinger is a global employee engagement expert. He teaches both Crucial Conversations and Crucial Confrontations for Shared Visions/Vital Smarts and believes in the power of conversation to foster engagement and to correct for disengagement.


“Purrfect” Disengagement: $250,000 a Year Employee Surfs Cat Videos While Subcontracting His Job to China

Does not compute


Here is a true story of a creatively disengaged employee. He was a software developer who was earning $250,000 a year and producing great quality work. He was at his desk every day in front of his screen but rather than developing software he spent each day

checking sites such as Reddit, Ebay, Facebook and LinkedIn and watching cat videos. Then he would type an e-mail at the end of the day to update management about his “work” and left at 5 p.m.

The employee was paying a Chinese firm about $50,000 a year to do his work while he watched cat videos.

To read more details about the employee and his method check out this article in the Globe and Mail.

Here are 3 Purrfect questions about work:

  1. What do you think this means in regards to ROWE the Results Only Work Environment?
  2. What does it mean as we  increase to 1.3 billion mobile workers around the globe by 2015?
  3. Could the future of keeping people at work, even if they are not working, be in creating great cat videos?

Employee Engagement Friday Factoid #12: Disengagement is Enough to Make you Sick

Sick of, and sick from, disengagement

Engaged employees take an average of 2.69 days sick a year; the disengaged take 6.19From Employee Engagement: The Evidence.


Engaged work can be a powerful pathway to wellbeing and disengagement can be a slippery slope to being sick. Engagement is so much more than just trying to get more work out of people!

David Zinger is a global employee engagement expert who uses the Pyramid of Employee Engagement to help organizations and individuals achieve full engagement.







Leaves: A Story of Employee Disengagement

This recording was prepared for Ken Blanchard’s 5000 person live webcast, Quit and Stay. In under 3 minutes, I outline an experience with an individual in a manufacturing facility who was disengaged at work and ended up disengaged in retirement!

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David Zinger is devoted to helping organizations and individuals fully engage in work to build and sustain successful and meaningful results and relationships. Request his speeches, workshop, or consulting today on the pyramid of employee engagement to engage all of your employees. Mr. Zinger founded and hosts the 4700+ member Employee Engagement Network. Contact David today at