The Static Syndrome:
Take a second. Stop. Now think about a time when you’ve started something new.
It could be when you joined a new gym. It could be when you first joined a new book, sport or social club. Perhaps, it could be that time you started a new job.
Now, think about how engaged and stimulated you were in those first few weeks. Everything was exciting, new and interesting.
You had to meet new people, learn new things and overcome a whole new set of challenges.
In this initial phase of starting something new, it’s likely you were having fun and feeling extremely motivated. Quickly, you would have had to learn about the company’s products and processes and without even knowing it, you became emotionally committed to your new company’s goals.
In the space of a few days, perhaps you became addicted to the sense of accomplishment and fulfilment you received from finishing a task correctly.
In a word, work was GREAT!
Now, take another second. Stop. I want you to think about how you felt after a year in your "new" job.
Suddenly, the stimulation and drive to learn new things dissipated. The challenges you once faced weren’t as challenging as previously and you are left feeling stagnant.
Perhaps the passion you once had for your work faded into obscurity and everyday merged into one.
Simply, you felt disengaged and unmotivated to do anything but the bare minimum.
Has this happened to you?
If it has, it’s likely you’ve experienced "Static Syndrome."
Although not yet officially coined in Australia, "Static Syndrome" is essentially the nickname given to the issue currently gripping Australia’s business leaders: the dwindling of employee engagement.
According to Deloitte’s third annual "Global Human Capital Trends 2015: Leading in the New World of Work" report, lack of employee engagement is the top issue facing 87% of HR and business leaders, up from 79% last year.
The study found that only 12% of HR and business leaders have programs in place to define and build a strong culture and snap Static Syndrome.
Currently, employees seem to be starting in a blaze of glory, but then tampering out and moving on as tasks become tedious and repetitive.
Global Human Practice Leader, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, Brett Walsh stated that "There’s an urgent need for organisations to re-evaluate their learning programs and treat leadership developments as a long term investment, rather than a discretionary training spend item when times are favourable."
Today, the reason why most business attempts to right this Syndrome fail, is because they measure engagement as a point-in-time "level", rather than accounting for past experiences and future expectations that may influence an employee’s engagement.
Such static views, such as simply asking if employee’s are engaged "today", as opposed to determining a more long-term perspective, are ensuring employees remain bored and disengaged in their workplaces.
Something has to be changed in order to curb this Syndrome.
Clearly, Static Syndrome is fast becoming a major issue for many companies worldwide.
Think about your day tomorrow at work.
Are you affected by Static Syndrome?
Get it treated as soon as you can. Engage yourself with new challenges and new tasks and break the cycle of watching the clock eek toward the liberating 5.00pm.
If you don’t, you risk becoming a Syndrome statistic in Australia’s growing retention rate failures.