It’s a well known scientific fact that an engaged workforce is a more productive workforce, this is clearly evident in the well-known research provided by Gallup.

The aim of this blog will be to emphasise when employee engagement causes us to overlook other aspects of the business, these can be things such as key drivers an organisation looks towards for its growth.

“Too much of something is bad enough”

Thinking back to the ’90s and the Spice Girls, you have to realise that they may have actually been onto something when they said: “too much of something is bad enough”.

Research from The American Psychological Association states that too much of a psychological attribute can be considered problematic when experienced in high levels.

For example, creativity becomes excentricity, self-esteem becomes narcissism and ambition turns to greed. So it’s fair to assume that engagement can disrupt performance if not moderated and taken to the extreme.

Complacency Kills

Nothing hurts a business more than when an employee knows that they are very good. When an employee is motivated and smashing their targets, the very idea of suddenly changing their status quo will not sit well with them as they see this as a counterintuitive move.

Much like the age-old story of ‘The Tortoise and the Hare’, studies have shown that employees with an optimistic view of their achievements, tend to avoid trying to further their performance which can result in overconfidence and we all know what happened to the hare in that story.   

Heres some examples of (BIG) companies who’s confidence got the better of them: 

  • YAHOO
  • Blockbuster
  • Nokia
  • Kodak

Employee Exhaustion 

Having staff engaged within their workspace is the dream, especially when the result means an increase in their overall output. However, did you know that engaged staff can be overstimulated? Which can be detrimental to their overall wellbeing. 

Studies have shown that employees who are highly engaged in their work environment tend to suffer from an inconsistency within their work-life balance. This stems from the fact that they are so engrossed in their work and surroundings that they begin to neglect the very avenues that grant them downtime and relaxation such as their family or hobbies. 

Underestimating the power of negative thinking

It’s no secret that the power behind positive thinking helps to spawn great and innovative ideas that could be pivotal to a firm’s potential growth. 

HOWEVER!

Negative thinking can actually help scope attention and grant more focus on a particular idea? Science has shown us that people with a more pessimistic form of thinking are more persistent in dissecting ideas than their positive counterparts.

Here’s an example. The ‘defensive pessimist’ more often than not outperforms others as they focus more on preparation and try harder than their optimistic peers, which in turn makes them more motivated in reaching their goals. 

Conclusion

To conclude, it’s pivotal not to make the workplace a boring and dreary environment, nor should an office space be an environment where employees can say and do as they wish. 

Just like some of the greatest things in life, it’s best to have them in moderation, therefore, the way in which you engage staff should strike the right balance between fun and productive.