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How to Motivate an Unmotivated Team: Top 8 Engagement Strategies

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byVexxit Staff onSeptember 16, 2021

Every business owner, company CEO and manager knows (or should know) motivated teams are crucial to a company’s growth strategy and success. Explore 8 engagement strategies that can improve motivation in teams and individual team members.

When teams are motivated, they are more engaged, innovative, and creative. Like a well-oiled machine, motivated teams perform better, delivering higher levels of output, and they are more committed to achieving company goals. While all teams are composed of groups of individual employees, sometimes group members can become dissatisfied and unmotivated, which can quickly dampen productivity, destroy team cohesion and morale – resulting in a toxic atmosphere that’s simply bad for business. When one or more team members aren’t motivated to do their work, it often burdens the other team members who eventually become mentally and emotionally depleted. If not addressed quickly, a lack of motivation can lead to increased absenteeism, conflict, and higher levels of employee turnover. According to recent industry studies, the total cost of losing an employee can range from 1.5 to 2X an employee’s salary – a cost that can easily be reduced when, as leaders, we employ motivational strategies designed to engage, recognize, and reward employees.

Several proven statistics confirm that there is a direct link between motivation levels, impact and cost to business. The key is to recognize the impact and the benefits of motivating the unmotivated, then taking steps towards corrective action. Team motivation strategies are an investment that pays off because it invests in one of your most important resources – your people. Here are 8 engagement strategies that can improve motivation in teams and individual team members:

1. Share the company vision

When everyone is aware of the company vision and understands how their efforts impact the success of the business, they feel a sense of purpose. With this sense of purpose, team members are more willing and motivated to work towards and achieve company objectives.

2. Communicate with your team(s)

Communication is key to ensuring that teams remain motivated. Remember, communication is a two-way street. While it’s important to share company goals and strategies, it’s just as important that you listen. You can’t learn about ideas or concerns without consistent communication. Use these opportunities to interact and engage with your teams – you’ll be surprised at what you can discover.

3. Make people feel appreciated

People have an innate need to feel appreciated. Several workplace studies and surveys indicate that appreciation is one of the most important factors for work satisfaction. In fact, a lack of appreciation in the workplace can lead to serious problems, such as demotivation, lethargy and in the worst case – burnout. So, show your sincere gratitude and appreciation for the unique contributions everyone on your team makes to the organization. Often, appreciation can be a greater reward than money.

4. Empower each individual & encourage creativity

Sometimes, all it takes is a little encouragement to help people believe in themselves and to realize their potential. When you demonstrate confidence in their potential, most people will rise to the challenge, increasing their confidence and motivation. Give people the opportunity to shine. Allow them to find creative ways to solve issues, think out of the box and tackle challenges.

5. Offer learning & development opportunities

Did you know that 93% of employees say that they will stay longer at a company when that company invests in their career development? It’s true. Access to growth opportunities is the fastest-growing reason people stay at jobs. It improves relationships between employer and employees, reduces staff attrition and it brings many other long-term benefits to your company. When given opportunities to develop new skills employees will jump at the chance even if it doesn’t mean a promotion or pay increase right away.

6. Celebrate successes

Even the smallest achievements are worth celebrating. The road to success is paved by each small achievement. Celebrating each one with the team is critical to your success. Often, we are too focused on the next task at hand and can forget to celebrate those small achievements. But if you ignore these team wins, you can miss an important opportunity to inspire your team and motivate them on even greater achievements.

7. Promote a healthy work-life balance

Promoting a healthy work-life balance is key to improving employee motivation. However, with busy schedules, it’s not uncommon for employees to find their personal lives suffer as they try to juggle family and work commitments. Studies suggest that employees, in a post-COVID-19 world, are increasingly looking to exercise more control over their work-life patterns. When you encourage a healthy work-life balance, whether that’s flexible work hours, or work from home options, it makes for happier employees. Happier employees are more engaged, more productive, and less stressed. Companies that promote a healthier work-life balance are also more attractive as potential employers.

8. Cultivate an engaging company work culture

A company’s work culture is a combination of elements that create a tangible ecosystem where people can work to the best of their abilities. Company work culture typically embodies essential elements like values, ethics, expectations, goals, collaboration, task management, feedback, and workflow – it’s about creating a positive environment where employees can flourish. Fostering an engaging company culture is a business strategy that can shape employee motivation and improve your company performance in critical areas. Company culture is about how a company cultivates business growth by offering employees a voice, while encouraging healthy day-to-day attitudes, behaviours, and work ethics. Countless studies have shown how a positive work culture can help employees find real value in their work and then give it their all.

So much has happened over the last 18 months. From adjusting business policies on the fly to setting up remote workplaces to increased automation and AI, it’s crucial that we, as business leaders, continue to check the motivational pulse of our employees. If you are dealing with unmotivated or demotivated employees, Vexxit can help you implement an employee engagement program, build policies, and maintain happier, more productive employees.

Explore how Vexxit can help through our Distinctive Employee Engagement Program or by matching you with an HR consultant experienced in developing motivational strategies.

Discover how to implement an employee engagement program

An employee engagement program can help your business build policies and maintain happy and productive employees. Explore how Vexxit can help through the Distinctive Program or by matching you with an HR consultant.