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You Could Be Demotivating Your Employees

Did you know that motivation in the workplace not only improves productivity and performance levels, but it also means employees will feel happier in the workplace? –Ultimately improving retention and the performance of your employee.

OF COURSE YOU DO! And if you read last week’s blog, you know the importance of having an engaged employee and the costs of them not being engaged.

Today’s Blog will point out a few ways that you could possibly be demotivating your employee’s.

No vision:

If your brand has no vision, how can you expect your employee to have one too? A great way to motivate your employees is to include them in the vision of your brand. This way it boosts motivation and demonstrates you truly care about your team.

You never speak face to face:

Though email is effective, giving your employees enough face-to-face time individually dramatically improves their feelings off being connected to your business and to leaders. Instead of sending that email, think about walking over to your employee and relaying the message.

Dismissed ideas:

It is important to really listen to your colleagues and consider their ideas because there is nothing more de-motivating than having your fresh ideas dismissed immediately. Being shot down by your colleagues or managers can take its toll on confidence and with a lack of confidence often comes lack of motivation. So even if your employees’ ideas are completely different from yours, consider giving them a chance.

There’s no chance for development:

Something that many companies often find motivates their employees is the opportunity for growth within the company. It doesn’t have to be a huge promotion but can be as simple as inviting a speaker in for trainings for them to learn new things. This demonstrates to employees you appreciate their dedication and the employees’ feel developed.

“Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or loose.”

-Lyndon B Johnson

The Win-Win solution is Employee Engagement!

Greetings Fellow Followers!

Did you know that the number one way for leaders to build trust is to care for your employees? Your involvement and ability to engage yourself and peers is relevant to your development and important to the growth of your company.

What is employee engagement?

Some define it as how employees connect with customers and others as employee confidence, integrity, pride and passion or a heightened emotional connection that an employee feels for his or her organization, that influences him or her to exert greater discretionary effort to his or her work.

Is engaging employees important to companies?

Yes! Employee engagement and retention are crucial components to maintaining a happy, positive and productive workforce. The American Society for Training and Development completed a study on employee engagement that has shown companies loose $350 billion a year because of employee’s not being engaged.

Why so important?

Its simple- happier employees and higher profits. It’s a WIN-WIN!

Still need convincing? Below are business case facts on employee engagement.

  • 35% of US workers said they’d willingly forgo a substantial pay raise to see their direct supervisor fired. (The Employee Engagement Group, 2015)
  • Highly engaged employees have less absence days- in average 3.5 days- compared to not engaged employees (Gallup Germany, 2011)
  • Businesses with more engaged employees have 51% higher productivity (Harter, J.K,Schmidt, F.L., & Hayes T.L., Psychology, 2002 Vol 87, No.2)
  • Businesses with higher engagement have 9% higher shareholder returns (Towers Watson, 2009)
  • Organizations with engaged employees showed a 19% increase in operating income over a 12 month period, compared to a 33% decrease in companies with disengaged employees (Towers Perrin, 2008)
  • 80% of employees with a high degree of trust in management are committed to the organization, compared with 25% of employees with a low degree of trust ( Center for Creative Leadership, 2009)


Stay tuned for next weeks blog….”Ways you’re accidently demotivating your team”