1. Signs of Unfairness

In some companies, there is no fairness in giving recognition to employees’ efforts. If employees are not treated equally and are not respected in their workplace, it undoubtedly paves the way for demotivation. The rules that the management sets forth need to apply to all staff members with absolutely no preferential treatment.

2. Job Insecurity

Employees, who work for an expendable job or an unstable company, will not work wholeheartedly and they will at the same time look for another job or plan their next move. Everyone needs stability and longevity at their workplace. Worrying about retaining a job is a stress reason on its own and this in turn leads to demotivation.

3. Lack of Confidence

Lack of confidence in one’s own abilities demotivates employees. Especially if they have experienced failure in the past, they may be hesitant to take initiatives due to fear of failure. Coaching and open communication are the key to overcome this obstacle and give them incentive to keep going strong.

4. Poor Company Leadership

When an employee believes their boss is incompetent, they start losing their will to follow them. On the other hand, bosses who inspire and care about their employees, are surrounded by staff ready to get things done.

5. Micromanagement

In some cases, employees are given the responsibility to undertake a task but they may lack the required resources to complete the task. This leads to frustration and demotivation. Micromanagers’ intentions may be good as they only want to ensure everything will be completed successfully. However this upsets employees. If an employee is asked to act as a higher position for a promotion but they are not given the space to do this, this may mean the manager doesn’t trust their work and/or their judgement.

6. Lack of Comfort & Safety

We spend eight hours a day on average at our workplace. Therefore we need to feel comfortable while working. Feeling comfortable is related to both the physical and the psychological realm. Nobody wants to work in extremely hot or cold conditions for example or without the ability to take a single break. Equally, nobody wants to feel fear. Conflict in the workplace is harmful as it may lead to workplace intimidation or bullying. Workplace bullying is a thing and several managers overlook it because they don’t feel well dealing with it. However it is one of the top reasons why employees lose motivation.

7. Lack of Career Progression & Development

Most of us want to feel that our work matters. We also want clear career objectives to feel that there’s progression for us within a company. When an employee tries to implement a change and this has to go through lots of red tape, they lose their motivation. Regular training and development opportunities helps in boosting employees’ motivation as they value the opportunity to expand and improve their skills and knowledge.

8. Lack of Recognition

When we work, we want to be recognized for our contributions. Employers often take what their staff do for granted therefore employees lose motivation to complete even the simplest tasks. Simply thanking employees whenever they accomplish something that adds to the company makes them feel valued. Celebrating success with them will only make things better.

9. No Sense of Unity

The importance of working with people we get along is huge. As the Gallup’s State of the American Workplace report shows, close work friendships boost employee satisfaction by 50% and people with a best friend at work are seven times more likely to engage fully in their work.We don’t need to have best friends at work, but we need to be able to relax around our colleagues. When there is hostility among employees, motivation and therefore production will be gravely impacted.

10. Unrealistic workload

It is important to keep realistic expectations regarding workload. If someone is in charge of an impossible workload, they will only end up stressed and disinterested. Equally, if someone has a very light workload, they will also space out and lose interest. Studies show that more and more people strive for a work and life balance and they look for an inspiring job that will keep them motivated.

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  • Dr. Evi Prokopi

    Success Coach | HRM & PM Professor & Consultant

    Skema Projects

    Dr. Evi Prokopi is a multicultural expert, having lived in 6 countries and worked with people from 58 countries. She has tremendous experience in recruiting, training, coaching, leading and managing virtual, hybrid and in-house teams for Fortune 100 companies and start-ups. Evi, the founder and President of Cosmoleadership, the Global Leadership Association, is the first and youngest Greek female to ever speak at the Global Project Management Institute Congress and she is one of the World’s Top 100 HR Influencers 2020. She has also been awarded the 40 Under 40 Business Elite Award and the Best Leadership Award 2021 by the CEO Today Magazine and she is one of Top 41 Global Future of Work Experts. As a Certified Work Performance Assessor, NLP Coach, HRM and PM Professor at the University of Northampton, and Managing Director of Skema Projects, she wants to empower people and help them achieve their personal and professional goals. Evi is an international bestselling Author. Her first book 'The Success Playbook: The 8 habits of happy & successful people' is available in English and Serbian, and her second book 'Leadership Like a Fairytale' has just been published.