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Employees enter a new job with high motivation — excited and eager to perform better and do a good job. As months pass, however, motivation starts to wear away. This is not because managers are failing to engage their employees. What actively demotivate workers the most are organizational policies, systems, and management actions.

Managers Can Be the Problem

Sometimes, the managers cause the problems; instead of motivating their employees, they demotivate workers with their actions. Micromanagement or dictating each detail of how a task should be done is one major demotivator. It deprives people of autonomy and communicates that the manager believes employees are incompetent and incapable of making important decisions.

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Many managers believe that workers can unlock their potential by giving them extra work with unachievable deadlines. This belief, however, only contributes to employee disengagement. Some workers are willing to work hard to achieve a challenging deadline, as long as there is a reasonable chance of making it. If you give them an impossible timeline, the motivation may dribble away.

Simply Bad Management

Workers become demotivated and then leave their jobs because the management unconsciously makes it difficult for them to accomplish their tasks. Never-ending paperwork, unachievable timelines and high levels of required approvals make employees feel frustrated. Managers also supply inspirational directives, without thinking if they can answer legitimate concerns. Supposedly engaging directives (Failure is not an option, You can do it) do not always solve the problem; they just communicate that managers don’t understand the issue.

Organizational Procedures

Apart from bad management, organizational systems and procedures can drain motivation. Companies always seem to acknowledge that people are their greatest assets, and are important in producing good results. Systems and policies, however, communicate the opposite message. They push people to work hard, without even realizing that it negatively affects employee wellbeing.

There are plenty of ways to engage employees and foster positive relationships. Brad Montgomery believes that employees need proper motivation to perform better at their jobs. As a trusted keynote speaker, he can inspire the whole team and help managers develop close bonds with their direct-reports. Contact him today and find out how he can engage your whole team through motivational speaking.

Are leaders born or made?

That is one of the most talked about matters in the corporate world. Many have raised the question, but only a few have answered it the right way. Some people confidently answered that leaders are born, and that there are individuals meant to lead and who have the natural capacity to take up bigger responsibilities. Read more

As an employer, it’s important that you keep your employees satisfied and motivated at work to keep their performance levels high. This high level of productivity is necessary for your business to become a success. But with all the things you need to keep an eye on, you may be ignoring some significant issues.

Calling for Unnecessary Meetings

Your workers are evidently more productive if they spend a sufficient amount of time on their work. You may not notice it, but meetings are one of the biggest time-wasting activities in a company. As much as possible, limit meetings only to the most important discussions and keep it to the point to avoid wasting time.Distech.2012_0190

Overlooking Output Deadlines

Setting deadlines is already a norm in companies, even in schools. But if you set target dates for their output, make sure you don’t resort to too many extensions. Chances are, your employees may slack off and your business will pay the price. Every minute wasted in the process is a loss of profit also.

Going Over the Boundary of Work and Life

Commitment is a key to productivity. But dedication to work is good to a certain point only. If your employees blur the boundary between work and life, they are more prone to stress and burn-out, which decreases efficiency. Devoted workers are a gem, but over-dedication may also cause unproductivity.

Hiring a Keynote Speaker

You shouldn’t ignore these common productivity problems; rather, you must handle them immediately or even before they happen. There may be a lot of solutions, but the most effective one is to take your employees to the same page you’re on. Make sure they also have the mindset to increase their performance level.

With the help of a keynote speaker, you can achieve this goal. Studies show that employees who attend such presentations learn to be engaged at work. A keynote speaker has the tools essential in shifting the perception of employees towards their performance in a good way, leading to better productivity.

Productivity is one of the main components that lead a business to success. It’s essential in keeping the company performing well and achieving greater heights as an organization. Here at Brad Montgomery, we offer presentations for productivity to help your company attain increased levels of efficiency. Contact us now and let us teach your workforce the means to be more fully invested in their work.