If you want your staff to see their job as something more than just a means to ‘pay the bills’, you’ve got to give them what they crave at work: respect, purpose and relationships.


A new study from global employee engagement company Reward Gateway suggests that UK businesses are coming up short in their attempts to keep staff motivated. The survey found that seven in ten employees want their employers to do more to motivate them.


As a result, more than half of employees said that their job just ‘pays the bills’ (54%), whereas only 23% agreed that they work in a great place with a challenging and exciting role.


So, what’s demotivating employees? Here are the top three ‘demotivators’:


  1. Feeling invisible or undervalued (43%)
  2. Having a bad manager (43%)
  3. Lack of recognition (40%)


In short, staff are not asking for much – just to be appreciated, respected and recognised.

Commenting on the survey, which saw more than 6,000 employees quizzed, Reward Gateway’s Group Director of Product & Client Success, Rob Boland, said: “It’s clear that employers can be doing more to motivate and engage their people in the right way.”


He also noted that the research showed that the businesses with the most motivated staff are “driving the greatest commercial results”. In other words, if you can keep your staff engaged, your bottom line will thank you for it.


Boland gave some idea of what a ‘motivation strategy’ might look like:


  • Strategically recognising employees to boost visibility for great work
  • Communicating openly and honestly with employees
  • Surveying people regularly to understand how to constantly improve and adapt the strategy


It might not come as a great surprise to hear that demotivated staff are bad for business – but it also has alarming effects on the employees themselves, which suggests that it goes against their instincts to stay somewhere where they’re not fully engaged in their work.


The top five effects of demotivation were: a worsening of mood (62%), a reduction in productivity levels (49%), a decline in mental health (39%), a reduction in the quality of work (39%) and a decline in the quality of diet (30%).


Despite their lack of motivation, however, the unhappy employees said that they would give their job nine months to a year to improve before looking for the exit. This means businesses have time to act to save their best talent, but they need to be quick.


When thinking about how to get staff back on side, it’s worth considering what the people who are motivated in their current workplace attribute it to: good working relationships with team members.


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