What’s the Opposite of Engaged Employees? Passionate Slackers.

Engaged employee. Engaged workforce. Management and leadership gurus love these words. Employers don’t care what you call it–they just want to achieve it. If you’re discouraged about your attempts to motivate employees, here’s a story to lift your spirits. Hopefully, you have had more success than this young woman’s managers.

Employers at the top of the game know the value of a workforce full of engaged employees.–employees who take ownership of their work. Well, if there ever was a story to demonstrate what an engaged employee is not, this is it.

An Iowa Administrative Judge denied unemployment benefits to Emmalee Bauer, 25. Bauer was formerly employed by Sheraton as a sales coordinator. Apparently, she did not do much coordinating, though. Instead, she spent her time at work scribing heart-felt journal entries she hopes may someday be published. But this is not the journal you might picture.

Her journal was devoted entirely to her work-avoidance strategies.

That’s right. Every day, throughout her shift, she journaled away. And, by the time the Sheraton gig was over, she’d created a 300-page, single-spaced Manifesto of a Slacker.

I’m only here for the money, and, lately, for the printer access. I haven’t really accomplished anything in a long while . . . and I am still getting paid more than at any job I ever had before.

I am going to sit right here and play Elf Bowling or some other nonsense. Once lunch is over, I will come right back to writing to piddle away the rest of the afternoon.

The judge who denied Bauer’s unemployment appeal, said that the journal demonstrated Bauer’s refusal to work as well as her “amusement of getting away with it.”

If there was ever a case where an employer should be able to sue an employee to recoup the money it lost by employing her, this sure seems to be the one. Can you say “refund“?

[Hat tip to the Manpower Employment Blawg]

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