Tackling the Problem of Unmotivated Employees

Do you own a business that is experiencing a shortfall in productivity? Your bottom line could be suffering because employees don’t feel motivated and engaged in their work. This kind of problem is common among businesses everywhere. Many businesses just don’t realize that keeping employees motivated just as important as ensuring profitability. Bear in mind that it is impossible to increase productivity if employees are not motivated.

So why are employees not motivated and what can be done about it?

Business owners need to realize that each employee has unique personalities. So factors that affect one may not be have the same effect on the next. Some of the common roots of having unmotivated employees in the workplace include poorly matched positions to the employees’ actual skills, hard-to-please managers and bad work ethics. On a personal level, common roots include addictions, family or marital problems, health issues. Whatever the roots might be, it is important to be able to identify them and define a solution.

And how can the business owner motivate employees and improve productivity among them?

As managers, it is important to know employees as individuals. Understanding what drives them and what their weaknesses are will help in placing them where they can be most productive. Giving incentives is a great motivator but also varies between individuals. Some may be motivated by quota-driven cash rewards while some might prefer the opportunity of getting a paid vacation. Whatever works for them, it is the job of the manager to identify what motivates the people in his or her team.

There are tools available to help managers tackle this challenge. Many companies use assessment forms and surveys to gather information about employee satisfaction. Others use knowledge management software to identify and enable adoption of employee insights and experiences. Still others employ collaboration tools with the goal of fostering teamwork among employees.

Remember – by identifying problems among individuals within the workplace, you can identify solutions that ultimately creates motivated employees. And when you have motivated employees, productivity and profitability come automatically.


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