7 WAYS TO MANAGE UNPRODUCTIVE EMPLOYEES AND MOTIVATE THEM TO BE SUPERSTARS

December 2020

 Summary

 

Managing employee motivation can be a difficult task, even for the best of us. In this article, we take a look at ways to manage unproductive employees and give you 7 ways in how to motivate them and turn them in to superstars!

It’s a common phenomenon hearing from employees that they feel unproductive or lack the required luster for the accomplishment of targets.

Over time most employees get so perfect at their jobs that it doesn’t seem challenging to them at all, resulting in boredom and nonproductive outputs.

Assess this situation and if there are better tools out there, consider an upgrade, also keep a check on how often you send your employees for formal pieces of training.

Do they know how to use the tools effectively and do they need additional skills to make them better at their job?

Benefits

Happy employees are productive employees. Not only will they produce better work, this will lead to an increase in your bottom line. 

You can re-engage your employees with your mission and make them feel part of something bigger. It’s a win win for all parties involved. 

1. Communicate better

 

Communication is key to help you manage unproductive employees. Ask Your Employees What Is Pulling Them Down? Every unproductive employee is not always just lazy. Some of them need more guidance while some may be going through an emotional or mental block.

Some may require more updated tools (cough*! such as gulfHR) and there is always colleagues that do not like change and who slow down go-getters. It’s your job to rectify the main reason before flagging them as lazy or incompetent. 

 

2. Look At Leaders First

Most of the time the problem lies within the same group that blames the employee for being unmotivated. The team leaders or managers could definitely be at fault here.

Employees may feel undervalued or unappreciated by their boss or managers which hampers their productive streak. They deserve due recognition and rewards and sometimes the right attitude is all that it takes to motivate an employee.

 

3. Create New Challenges And Rewards

 

Boredom is another huge component. Over time most employees get so perfect at their jobs that it doesn’t seem challenging to them at all, resulting in boredom and unproductivity. This issue can be resolved by creating new job challenges for them.

Turning mundane tasks into games or challenges is a powerful way to improve employee attitude. HRMS can automate alot of these processes as well as realistic expectations and goals. 

 

4 .Create Healthy Competition

Humans are born to compete and survival is embedded in our DNA. Light competition can improve motivation in employees and departments. It must be made clear that this is healthy competition though and is not to be taken to seriously or it may have a negative effect . Apply this rule for your unproductive employees and see the results. Most employees work harder because they want to see themselves as winners.

 

5. Tools And Training

In some cases, your employees feel unmotivated because they feel behind their counterparts in the marketplace. This can be mainly due to the lack of modern up to date tools. Assess this situation and be honest with yourself and your team.

If there are better tools out there, consider an upgrade, also keep a check on how often you send your employees for formal training and development. Do they know how to use the tools effectively and do they need additional skills to make them better at their job?

Use an HRMS (Human Resource management system) to manage your employees better.

Shadowmatch is also another great tool we use to assess employees behaviors and habits, to create structured training programs for their development. 

 

6. Check Your Company Policies

Reconsider your company policies if you are dealing with unproductive employees. These policies sometimes cause hindrances and add unnecessary steps to an otherwise easy procedure.

Take your social media department as an example. In today’s digital era, presence across all social media platforms is vital to sustaining the market but every channel is different and takes time to build and get right without the right resources and patience. Every team leader needs to understand this and fully embrace the challenges as the reporting line will feel unmotivated resulting in unproductivity.

 

7. Never Underestimate The Power Of Incentives 

Incentives are essential to manage your unproductive employees. Money makes the world turn round; we have all heard it, right? We like rewards and incentives, whether that be money or other things that we perceive to be valuable. This will change from one employee to the next, but financial incentives are tried and tested means of doing this. 

This is true in the case of unproductive employees too. If you want them to work towards your assigned goal promise them an incentive as soon as the goal is attained, and don’t forget that some will love to be rewarded in public and be recognized by their peers. 

Some of these issues can be improved with a good HRMS platform. For more information on how it can help your business, then we’ll be happy to help. Please get in touch with the details below.  

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