Employees are more likely to quit their jobs or cause the company to lose money if they don’t feel motivated to function optimally and perform the task expected of them. Therefore, employers are responsible for ensuring their staff don’t lose their sense of motivation by engaging them to keep them committed to the organisation. Motivation is simply the willingness to get the job done by starting rather than procrastinating. It means persisting in the face of distractions and investing enough mental effort to succeed. So, when there is a lack of this, there would be no productivity in the workplace.
First of all, as an employer, you need to know what drives an employee. People are different. You can’t approach one person who feels uninspired the same way you’d approach another person with the same problem. Knowledge is vital, and you need to first comprehend the different possible reasons and then identify whatever the key reason is for that employee who feels unmotivated. This enables you to approach it with a targeted strategy, as against a random strategy for what could likely be the problem.
Four reasons employees lose their motivation
While as an employer, you seek to maximise your employee’s productivity, you need to ensure you take note of these four key reasons why employees lose their motivation to work.
1. Poor leadership
Heavy is the head that wears the crown. Leaders are always given certain responsibilities that come with the role. The role of leadership is not one to be taken lightly as others look up to you for direction and affirmation. So when things go wrong in the head, the body suffers. The employee starts to feel demoralised and soon become unmotivated.
Good leadership is a key factor in motivating your staff. You must have an effective approach to getting things done. Also have good communication skills, good management skills and be flexible.
These, amongst others, can boost the confidence and focus of your employees to do better, resulting in maximum productivity of their duties. They would be willing to take on more tasks, responsibility and meet their deadlines. Therefore, you can motivate your employees by being a good and sound leader.
2. They don’t feel valued
This is one area that a lot of employers take for granted because they believe all the motivation employees need is a paycheck. However, many employees tend to feel like they aren’t valued by their employers. It is important for employers to pay close attention to their employees. They don’t recognise the effort and input of employees who, in turn, feel unappreciated, lose the energy to work and lack commitment. Although most times, employees continue to do the work expected of them, they eventually give in to their emotions and lose their motivation to keep on trying.
It is important that employers prove that they value their staff by celebrating their success, proving to them that they are irreplaceable and rewarding their efforts with as little as a pat on the back. Recognition and appreciation help employees know the areas they are doing well. It encourages them to do better.
3. Job security
More people feel secure in a job with a clear and long term goal. This enables the staff to remain proactive at all times to meet the goals. In actual fact, everyone wants to feel safe and secure. And while it’s easy to live a fun, adventurous and lackadaisical life outside the workspace, being at a place where you engage your input and earn to support yourself means you need to be sure you’re secure in that position for a long while.
When you’re not valued, you begin to question how secure you are in your position. “Any lack of career vision is likely to induce feelings of anxiety and uncertainty in staff. Employees always aspire towards a sense of security and permanency in their roles,” Rebecca Ponsonby, HR Coordinator says in Staff Blog. “When we go to work, we want to know that our jobs are safe and that we are valued by management.”
When it comes to the workplace, employees might want to be challenged and face a series of new tasks, but ultimately want security.
4. The workload is not evenly distributed
This is common in workplaces. Some employees are not given enough work to do and they tend to drag along the day feeling unsatisfied and unfulfilled. On the contrary, some employers give their staff an unrealistic workload to do which could result from an understaffed company. If someone feels overburdened by an impossible workload, they could get stressed out, and then lose the motivation to continue. Employers should ensure they keep workload and expectations in check to ensure they are proactive to encourage productivity.
For each individual, the motivating factor varies. It could be the workload, the salary, the lack of appreciation, etc. When you notice there`s a problem in the level of engagement, you need to resolve the issue. To achieve this, you need to approach that employee, listen to their needs, and respond to it.