Signs of lack of motivation that employers should look out for...

June 27th, 2018

Written by Katy Winship

After last week’s blog on lack of motivation and what you should look out for I have identified below what businesses should look out for in their employees. An unmotivated workforce is an unhappy workforce. As my Manager likes to say a happy workforce is a productive workforce -so we think it pays to motivate your staff.

Bad atmosphere

When there are disgruntled faces and rumbles of disappointment in the office that are overheard or there’s a general feeling of distress it’s not a good sign. There has to be a reason for this; perhaps workers feel too much strain or pressure, perhaps an unpopular decision has been made, perhaps there are rivalries, there are many possible explanations for a bad atmosphere. Management, ultimately, are responsible for the welfare of their employees whilst they’re at work and if the air is thick with tension then this should be a sure-fire sign that staff are not happy and when people don’t even want to chat to each other it indicates poor morale. If your office is full of laughter then you know something is right.

Tolerating poor performance

When standards are increasingly low (from either a team or just one employee) and they continue to worsen over time it simply must be addressed ASAP. Ideally it would have been nipped in the bud at the first sign of it because once people know that poor performance is not tolerated they will start to perform better, or at least try harder to impress.

If you’re a manager who has tolerated poor performance you are at risk of losing respect from your team- it’s setting a low standard. Once a low standard of work is accepted it’s a slippery slope as others follow and those that don’t start to think negatively of management. They become demotivated by their bad management and resent the fact colleagues are allowed to get away with not doing an adequate job.


When people are feeling undervalued or demotivated by work they may not feel motivated to even turn up for work. When companies have a high employee sickness rate it’s a good indication that there might be some unmotivated staff. Yes, there are many cases that might be legit but an employee with high absence rate might have simply given up and quite simply lost all their motivation.


Workplace intimidation or bullying is not something that happens to somebody else and at other workplaces. Research from the University of Phoenix suggests that almost 75% of employees surveyed had been affected by workplace bullying. Whether it is harassment, bitching, intimidation or full blown scuffles it should not be tolerated. Where cases like this exist businesses have a moral obligation to take issues such as this to HR and try to resolve it and discipline the bullies.

Some easy ways of deciding how to make positive changes in a business are: have a regular employee survey, have an anonymous suggestion box so people can feel they can contribute without being judged, also an exit-interview will help to identify problem areas and bring much needed change and ultimately motivate your team.