According to research commissioned by specialised recruiter Robert Half,
Australia is the 4th happiest country on the global workplace happiness scale. Happy employees tend to be more engaged, loyal and productive. They also take fewer sick days!
Why people can feel unmotivated at Work?
There are many factors that influence people’s motivation, here’s just a few…
Stress – If you’re feeling lots of pressure at work or “in life” your mind and body will suffer. Stress, if left untreated, can become overwhelming which makes it very hard to keep focus on the task at hand.
Education and learning: We all need to feel challenged. If work is too easy and there are no incentives we can lose interest in the job completely.
Disorganised: Do you have a messy desk? Are you all over the place? Do you manage your time well?
Workplace culture: Do you like the people you work with? We spend so much of our time at work but have you taken the time to get to know the people with whom you work?
Treated unfairly or not respected: feeling value, that your job matters
Bad attitude : You might have your dream job but do you have a negative mindset? Do you see the glass half full or always the opposite?
Wrong job: if you find yourself dreading work and the tasks you have to do, then your job is likely not in line with your passions.
Ways to Keep yourself Motivated
Do you need help staying motivated ? Try some of these tips…
Firstly – Make sure your goal is always your own. It’s hard to keep motivated when you are trying to achieve something someone else has set for you.
Affirmations – I am not really a big fan of reading daily affirmations. However I do like when they are being delivered by a peer. Think about the difference between reading “No matter the challenge I will see it through” compared to your boss or colleague saying to you, “no matter the challenge we will see it through together” – what’s more motivating?
Surround yourself with enthusiastic people – When you are surrounded with happy like-minded people chances are it will rub off onto you as well. It is also great to look forward to seeing your colleagues each day. Let’s face it you spend a lot of time with them! Try and get to know the people you work with, find someone with similar interests to yourself and invest time in getting to know them.
Focus – Pay full attention to the task at hand. It is very hard to stay motivated when you’re thinking about something else you have to do. Furthermore clear your day when you have a specific or time consuming task to complete, then make a deal with yourself that once you’ve done the action you’ve been putting off, the rest of the day is yours to do whatever you feel like.
Be a mentor – Remember you reap what you sow; point out others strengths, celebrate in others achievements; by motivating someone else you’ll become motivated yourself.
Give yourself a break – You can’t be constantly happy and motivated; we all need downtime to be productive.
Ways to Motivate Others
Being passionate about motivation and invested in your employees and business will reap amazing rewards.
Whether your role is to motivate a team or you’re just the type of person who likes to pick people up, motivation is crucial in both cases.
There are LOTS of ways to motivate employees. Here are SOME of our favourites….
Incentive program – There are so many different reasons why we do things. Sometimes we are motivated because of internal desires to achieve a goal, but at other times, our behaviours are driven by a desire for external rewards. Work out what drives each of your team? – is it money, praise, public recognition (it won’t be the same for everyone) and then work out ways you are going to provide each individual the incentive to succeed.
Office vibe – This is an online tool we use at Lindentech. It allows your team to submit honest (and anonymous) feedback to their Manager. It’s a great tool for you to gauge how happy everyone is, and where improvements are needed.
Salary: Lots of people equate salary with their worth – Don’t lose great people because you’re underpaying them.
Office Environment: Everyone wants to work in an office environment that is clean and stimulating and where you’re allowed to talk and laugh as long as work is being done.
Helicopter Boss: No employee likes a hovering manager. If your employees are getting their jobs done and achieving the goals you set – let them be.
Self-development: By providing your team with the training they need to advance in their careers and to become knowledgeable about the latest technologies, they will be more valuable to your company.
Don’t punish failure: We all make mistakes, and we usually learn from them. When members of your team make honest mistakes, don’t punish them–instead, encourage them to try again.
Share your business plan & set clear company goals: Employees need to know what is a priority and what isn’t – where the company is going and how you’re going to get there. They also need to know what their role is and how they can contribute to help you achieve company success.