Most employees lack motivation at work
Only 13 percent of employees worldwide feel engaged and motivated at work, a troubling Gallup study suggests. The State of the Global Workplace survey focused on 142 countries and it found out that the bulk of employees worldwide is not engaged (63 percent) while 24 percent of people are actively disengaged – very unhappy and unproductive at work.
Are you one of these people? Are you jaded and experiencing professional burnout? If so, you can rely on a couple of strategies to regain your professional motivation. Here are four of the techniques that can deliver the best results.
Happiness is one of the biggest motivators both personally and professionally. Focusing on the pursuit of happiness may be a bit self-indulgent but it’s one of the best strategies for getting the motivation levels up and enjoying your job once again.
Most professionals experience massive burnout because they take their job too seriously. Learn to take a step back and focus on the things about your job that you enjoy. Chances are that you’ve forgotten about these aspects, especially if you’ve spent too much time without a career change.
Earning a living isn’t the only thing that’s important for workers. In fact, happiness isn’t just determined by the wage. According to research presented in Fortune magazine, professional happiness is linked to feeling challenged, knowing that you’re making progress, having some autonomy and feeling that you belong in a big corporate “family.” These are the things to focus on if you want your motivation back.
Remember Your Goals
If it’s been some time since you last made progress and felt appreciated, chances are that motivation will be missing from your job. In order to get it back, you’ll need to focus on your goals.
What are you trying to accomplish by being employed at the specific company? Are you looking for career growth? Are you looking for financial stability? Will the job make it possible for you to sustain a family? Will it give you the funds and the knowledge required to start your own business?
Keep these goals in your mind whenever you feel like giving up. True, things may seem tough at the present moment. Still, the job is giving you the know-how and the tools required to move forward in your life.
Employee Motivation is a tricky thing because it can be killed by the everyday routine. In order to keep it alive, come up with a physical reminder of what you’re trying to accomplish. Some people make their own vision board. Others keep a picture of the house that they want to buy on their desk. Come up with something that will remind you of what you’re attempting to do. Things will get easier from that point on.
Focus on the Creative Aspects of Your Work
Take some time to remember why you wanted the job in the first place. If necessary, sit down and write a list of the creative aspects of your work.
Creativity plays an important role in maintaining motivation levels high. It keeps the job from turning into a bore. It gives you the tools required to come up with innovative solutions.
If you don’t feel challenged enough, you may want to talk to your superior. Being given a brand new project will get those creative juices flowing. It’s a good idea to take yourself out of your comfort zone. True, it will feel uncomfortable in the very beginning. The approach, however, will get you thinking once again. Coming up with a solution, being actively engaged and eliciting appreciation for your accomplishment will relight that professional fire.
Take Some Time to Figure Out Why You’re Not Motivated
Sometimes, things will run a little bit deeper. Even if you try to accomplish change, you’ll still find yourself lacking the motivation to keep moving forward.
This is when you’ll need to have a serious conversation with yourself. Get to the root of the problem. Why is it that you feel completely disengaged? How long have you been feeling this way? Is there anything that could change in order to bring your passion for the job back?
As already mentioned in the introduction, workplace demotivation is quite common. The top reasons for the lack of motivation include feeling that you’re not making progress, feeling that your efforts aren’t being appreciated, micromanagement job insecurity, poor communication and problems with your coworkers.
Ask yourself whether it’s possible to change any of these factors. If you’re 100 percent confident that the situation is not going to change, it may be time to start looking for a new employment option. Changing your job will definitely be scary but it will bring back the passion and the desire to go up every morning and head to the office.
It’s possible to re-motivate yourself, especially if you have a supportive team and manager behind your back. Don’t ignore the feelings you’re having because they will impact your performance. Rather, address the problem head-on if you want to accomplish your goals and keep moving forward.