This can be tricky, as different things motivate different individuals – these can be extrinsic factors such as money and location or intrinsic reasons like feeling valued and self-esteem. Disheartened workers will keep work-related communication to the bare minimum and exhibit a lack of interest and engagement in the workplace. Spotting the signs and knowing how to turn them around is what makes a great manager.
The Why’s and How’s
To deal with demotivated teams, we must first get to the cause root of these negative feelings. There are many reasons that an individual can feel lacklustre and uninspired, including job insecurity; feeling undervalued; lack of career goals; poor leadership; conflict; lack of development; and unrealistic workloads. Understanding your team’s wants and needs from a job role can go a long way to ensuring your staff are as motivated as you are. Remember, a happy workforce leads to higher productivity, happier clients and customers, which in turn can lead to bigger revenues.