Disengagement: What To Do In The Face Of Unmotivated Employees

How to Avoid Disengagement & Unmotivated Workers

Is your team disengaged and unmotivated? Don’t fire and replace them! The problem could be the culture. Here’s how to uncover the reason, and take steps to fix the problem.

We’ve all had our batch of unmotivated team members, and the easy way out is replacing them, but that creates its own set of problems, not to mention the fact that it is expensive. However, in the spirit of developing our team members and cultivating a culture that cares for its people, there’s so much that can be done.

Where does poor performance in the workplace come from?

Most of the time poor performance comes from disengagement. Abraham Maslow performed significant research on motivation and developed a hierarchy of needs that are motivators. There are five significant motivators, with physiological or basic needs to survive being the lowest level of motivators and the need for self-actualization at the highest level.

How can leaders motivate teams?

To motivate our teams, we need to understand if their basic needs are being met inside and outside the workplace. For example, physiological needs include food, shelter, and water and safety needs include money, employment, health, and access to healthcare.

What should I do if someone struggles at work?

If someone is struggling at work, reach out to understand why. They may not tell you and you may not be able to do a lot to help, but you can hear and see them. In addition, there may be resources you are aware of inside and outside of the company that can help them or changes that can be made to support them better.

How can Mariposa Consulting help?

Connecting and understanding our team members will help us leverage their potential and spark their interest in their work. If you don’t know where to start, sign up for our free 30-day trial of the Transformation Studio to get research-backed tips and strategies to point you in the right direction.

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