I have a team member who is productive, but seems almost totally disengaged from his team and the organization. We're a small team in a small company, and everyone else is very engaged and passionate about what we do.
I have two questions: how concerned should I be? And how can I push him to be more engaged?
He usually looks bored unless he is heads-down working on a project. He doesn't contribute in team discussions. He doesn't have much to say in our 1:1s, even after two years working for me. And when he receives suggestions for improvement he accepts them neutrally and may or may not do anything about it.
He is not actively tearing down the team, but a few of his teammates have expressed concern that they don't know whether he is happy or not, and they don't know whether they are working effectively with him.
I am concerned that if he does not feel connected to our team, he is likely to decide when he gets a better offer or he feels more pressure to grow here. And I am also concerned that his apathy may infect others.
Part of that may be that he's a naturally quiet person, but I don't think that's all that's going on. Our team is very friendly and open, and he is still almost as isolated as he was when he started two years ago.
My questions again: How concerned should I be? And how can I push him to be more engaged?