Ask the OD Doctors: I have done all I can as a leader, but some of my high potentials still lose their sense of purpose and engagement

Ask the OD Doctors: I have done all I can as a leader, but some of my high potentials still lose their sense of purpose and engagement

"I have done all I can as a leader, but some of my high potentials still lose their sense of purpose and engagement. What else should I be doing?"

What is disengagement? How do we know when employees are disengaged? What are signs of a disengaged workforce? As leaders, we tend to think that we have done our best to engage our constituents and they seem to be elusively disengaged or in the case of the question, losing their sense of purpose. What might the causes of such disengagements? Is it about the leader’s doing or undoing? What other factors might be influencing the employee engagement level?

Rising corporate competency GAPS as organisations cut jobs

An article in The Straits Times on 16 March 2016, “Higher-skilled workers make up the bulk of layoffs” caught my attention. According to a data source from the Ministry Of Manpower, “higher-skilled workers and middle-aged workers were the hardest hit by layoffs last year, making up more of the pool of resident workers made redundant than workers of other occupational, educational and age groups.”