ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - Employees who are disengaged from theirjobs cost companies over $260 billion a year according to TerriKabachnick, an international HR expert. Some of this lostproductivity from employees is often the employer's fault.According to Kabachnick, 92% of companies do not identify and dealwith poor performers. She adds that 38% of employees are activelydisengaged from their jobs and another 32% are not as productive asthey could be. Many employees cite frustration because of lack ofresources to do their job correctly and others have no sense of howtheir jobs benefit others in the organization-they lack purpose.Kabachnick says the best thing employers can do to ensureproductivity is to match people with positions. To do thisemployers should look at more than just skill and expertise-theyneed to understand what their employees value, she said. Forexample, creative people will fail in structured positions thatdon't provide outlets for their passion. She told the true story ofa renowned brain surgeon in San Francisco who one day walked out onhis job and his family. He went on to become a musician, a passionhe had since a child, but got caught up in parental expectations tobe a doctor.

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