How To Motivate The Unmotivated

All staff want work that is interesting, rewarding and that makes a difference.

Even staff who just continually tell you that they are only here for the financial rewards.

The sad reality is that for the majority of staff work lacks a lot of purpose and meaning with mundane and disconnected tasks being the norm.

Even staff who have motivating jobs have components of that job that are boring, repetitive and disconnecting from the goals of the organisation.

Work, or activity, without purpose generates high levels of dissatisfaction and disillusionment.

The trick here is to place the boring, mundane tasks into a broader and more complex set of tasks that do have purpose and meaning – it is all about the context and how staff are then directed towards that overarching goal or objective.

Framing work into bundles of connectivity and broader meaning helps to dispel the perception of unrewarding and unstimulating work for seemingly works-sake: highlighting how the task sits inside a broader accomplishment and that it has measurable connectivity is the key to addressing low morale generated from low-skill employment.

Think carefully about those who find no pleasure or stimulation from their workload – it does not have to be that way!

Good Luck!

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