3 common demotivators

This doesn’t surprise me based on similar research showing that bad behavior at work has a much stronger influence on company morale and productivity than good behavior does to counteract it. All of this theory is well and good, but are there common demotivators you can eliminate in your workplace?

  1. Lack of clarity and communication – When people don’t know what you need from them, they lose motivation to work hard on the tasks at hand. They question whether their work is valid and useful to achieving end goals.How to turn it around: Recognize employees in-the-moment to clearly communicate to employees what it is you need and expect that is of value to the organization.
  2. Lack of meaning and purpose – Without this clear communication, employees lose all sense of meaning and purpose in their work, two factors often identified as critical to employee engagement and happiness at work.How to turn it around: Help employees understand the deeper value their contributions by tying recognition to core company values and strategic objectives. This lets them know how their efforts are contributing to achieving larger goals.
  3. Lack of progress – Recently identified through rigorous research as the primary factor of employee engagement, progress is essential to motivation. Otherwise employees feel as if they are spinning in circles but never truly accomplishing an end result of value.

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4 Responses to 3 common demotivators

  1. David Tadlock September 28, 2016 at 12:42 pm #

    As Safety Director for a company I am always looking for new and innovative ways to promote safety in the workplace. We started giving birthday gifts to employees a few years ago that had the phrase “Safety First” printed or stamped somewhere on it. I’ve never been a firm believer in subliminal messages but I do believe they work to some degree. The biggest thing I think is the recognition we give each individual employee on their special day. I’m also a firm believer that the attitude of the employee is a reflection of management. This article is a great resource as we begin looking for new ways to get employees motivated for the upcoming year. Thank you.

  2. Troy Day
    Troy Day June 16, 2017 at 8:06 am #

    1. Lack of clarity and communication
    2. Lack of meaning and purpose
    3. Lack of progress

    Stan Wayne About 75% of the way Trump demotivates us…

  3. Troy Day
    Troy Day July 13, 2017 at 9:23 am #

    Street Preacherz which one is your poison

    • Street Preacherz
      Street Preacherz July 13, 2017 at 9:56 am #

      My boss is brutal but he’s right. I often joke with him about open theology. He give me great insight. Because he knows everything. We worked a whole comedy routine for P.T. but it’s not finished. His name is Laban. lol

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