We all know that a highly motivated team is a highly productive team. But what happens when one of your team members or all of them loses their spark? Where do you go from there? Well, I’m glad you are here because, in this blog post, we’ll dive deep into the 3 reasons why your team isn’t motivated and what you can do to get your team back on track! It’s a must-read you do not want to miss! But first, as a first-time team leader, you need to be equipped with the right tools, so start by downloading my FREE guide to thrive in your new role!
A lack of motivation is often a symptom of an underlying issue within your team or department. While it’s necessary to acknowledge the problem, your focus should shift towards finding solutions.
In my experience coaching first-time team managers, I’ve found that most of the time, employees lose their motivation for reasons that have nothing to do with salary and benefits. In fact, according to forbes.com, in 2023, most employees are looking for a better work environment, culture, and team recognition. So, if you’re in this boat, don’t feel lonely. It’s a common issue that happens in most teams, especially in unprecedented times like this. But, moving forward, we’ll focus on knowing the root cause to work on the effects. I’ve found that there are three common reasons why teams are not motivated:
We’ll explore each of these and how you can fix their effects.
Unclear expectations are one of the major culprits when it comes to a lack of motivation. It feels like standing at a crossroads, wondering what you should be doing and what your manager expects from you. When your team is not aware of what you expect from them, they can feel lost and disconnected from you… wandering in a land with no destination.
How do we fix this issue?
I know this may seem like a lot of work, but the good news is that you don’t have to do it all alone. In my NMA program, I teach my students a roadmap to set clear expectations, so check it out and become the impactful manager you are meant to be 😉
Imagine a scenario where you’re constantly working on your day-to-day tasks, but you have no idea how your work is helping your future within the company. Not looking well, right? So, imagine how this lack of conversation is making your team feel. The second reason why your team isn’t motivated is they don’t see a clear path for growing in the company; they don’t have a clear idea of where they’re going and end up doing the bare minimum with low or no motivation at all.
So, how do we fix this feeling? Try these 3 tips:
Have you ever made or talked about career plans with your team? Comment below what the most important aspect is when addressing this conversation.
As human beings, we thrive on relationships and the bonds we make, not only on a personal but a professional level. So, one of the reasons your team isn’t motivated can be a disconnect from you as their leader. Not only is it an effect of lack of motivation, but not having a bond with their manager can make people lose their trust and engagement with their work or team and affect job satisfaction overall.
So, how do we fix this lack of connection between you and your team? Try these tips:
What other ways have you tried that make a difference in your connection with your team? Comment below!
Remember that team leadership can be a scary path to walk by yourself, so if you’re ready to join a community of professionals who want to make a difference and impact their teams, check out the NMA program and see if the time is right for you!
November 8, 2023