Motivation: How to Motivate the Unmotivated

Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me. – Carol Burnett

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It’s vital that managers perpetuate a positive, productive culture for their team. Need some inspiration for doing just that? Then these tips should help you and your employees get that vital spark of motivation back when the chips are down.


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  1. Build trust through communication

Great managers are great communicators, too. As the central point of contact for multiple employees, every manager should be a master of interpersonal relations. This involves establishing open channels of communications for workers whenever problems arise.

If one of these issues is a lack of motivation, then communicating openly means that you can help your employee(s) to address what’s making them feel unproductive. Are their current hours not working? Is there someone on the office floor that they’re not getting on with? Perhaps they’re just not being challenged enough with their current task-load. Whatever the issue, building a relationship of trust in which they feel comfortable enough to transmit their qualms to you is the first step to lifting them out of the mire.

  1. Show that you’re interested

Everyone knows what it feels like to be a proverbial cog in the machine. It might have been OK in the past for managers to think of their employees as one faceless mass, but these days, people want to work somewhere they feel valued as individuals. That’s why it’s your job, as manager, to take a genuine interest in each of your employees’ wellbeing and career goals.

Not only will doing this help you to manage your staff well and set your team’s holistic goals as accurately and clearly as possible, but it’ll allow you to hone in on what the individuals within your workforce want and need. Some may require a figure or some other tangible means of measuring success to get motivated, while others may prefer simple words of encouragement or appreciation that come from the heart.

  1. Reward good work

There’s nothing more useful for upping productivity and motivation levels than a good incentive. Give your employees something to aspire for by proving yourself as a generous and fair leader. This could mean anything from giving your team an extra day off per week if they complete their assigned work in the delimited four-day period, or taking everyone out for happy hour drinks or a cool location for fun team-building activities after a week well worked.


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  1. Reignite and share your own passion

Research has proven that managers who are passionate in their careers have a markedly positive effect on employee satisfaction. Think about it: you wouldn’t be keen to win a sports game if your coach didn’t give a toss about the outcome, and it’s the same with managers in the workplace. If you delve into your work with a positive, enthusiastic attitude, then your team will follow – if not immediately, they will observe your attitude and be encouraged to do the same.

If you’re reading this, we’re guessing that even if you’ve lost your motivation now, you had buckets of it when you started out. Cast your mind back to when you had just begun working at your company – how did you feel? Excited? Aspirational? Ambitious? Innovative?

You can feel that excited about work again! Alter the way your office operates if you need to, or take the plunge for a new project or client – the spur to change is a good thing.


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