Performance Suffers When Employees Lose Their Motivation
According to The Economics of Wellbeing, optimally motivated employees are three times more satisfied with their jobs, three times more creative, and ten times more engaged.  When you notice that one of your team members just isn’t performing up to standards, what should you do as a manager?  First, you need to find out the root cause behind the underperformance.  

Invest the time to meet one-on-one with your direct report to better understand what is happening and how you can best help to lift their performance. 

Top 5 Reasons Employees Lose Their Motivation
Your job as a manager is to elicit the best performance from each of your team members in a way that aligns with the overall company strategy and your desired corporate culture.  Here are a few top reasons why employees lose their motivation:

  1. Lack of Necessary Skills
    Your employee may worry that they lack the skills required to get the job done. You can either reassign tasks that the employee is capable of completing or you can set up a program to develop the required skills – targeted experiential training, mentoring, and coaching.

    To improve employee motivation, make sure that you match skills to tasks.

  2. Values Disconnect
    Perhaps your employee doesn’t feel the work they do is connected to their personal values. We know that many employees disengage unless they feel they are contributing in a meaningful way.  Employees want work that is interesting, has real impact and inspires their best efforts.

    Try to discover what the employee cares most about and help draw direct links between what matters to them and the work they do. 

  3. Same Old, Same Old
    We know that engagement tends to decline with tenure.  Longer-term employees are, on average, less engaged than your newer employees. Perhaps your employee is suffering from the same old, same old syndrome. 

    Combat the stagnation by offering targeted development opportunities, creating new challenges, staying in touch more regularly, and being sure to recognize great work when you see it.

  4. Lack of Recognition
    Might you as a manager be at fault? When employees feel underappreciated, they tend to lose interest in trying to excel at their job.  Make sure there are meaningful rewards – from a simple thank you to a well-earned bonus – for extraordinary work.

  5. Uncertainty
    Ambiguity derails employee engagement. Sometimes an employee doesn’t know or can’t articulate what is holding them back from full commitment to their job.  Explore possibilities such as a problem at home, a health issue, dissatisfaction with the job content, lack of career advancement opportunities, conflict with a colleague, etc. 

    Once you uncover what is holding them back, look together at possible solutions.

The Bottom Line
The quantity and quality of employee motivation is at the core of employee performance. Effective managers understand the nature of each employee’s motivation and how to create the environment that facilitates higher motivation and performance.  Are you doing all you can to unlock your employee’s potential?

To learn more about how to get the most out of your employees, download The Top 10 Most Powerful Ways to Boost Employee Engagement

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