5 symptoms of a demotivated worker: Detection means prevention

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People may think that identifying work demotivation or loss of inspiration is easy. But detecting a demotivated worker is certainly not a simple task. And the fact is that the symptoms of demotivation are not always a sad and depressed face, it can hide behind an attitude that seems normal.

Employee demotivation is a major concern for all employers…

No organization will be successful without a well-motivated workforce. It is a disaster for any company or organization to have a demotivated employee, because after a while he or she can be as harmful to the work environment as a virus. Let us remember that demotivation spreads. On the other side of the coin we can see how motivated employees can be very productive and efficient at work.

Unfortunately, many managers are unaware of the signs that show the lack of motivation of their employees. In the following lines, you will learn the 5 key performance indicators that will help employers to identify an unmotivated worker.

5 indicators to identify a demotivated worker:

If you want to identify a demotivated worker, the first thing to do is to keep an eye out for the little signs that often go unnoticed. As a good leader or team leader, you must know how your employees feel and when to intervene if the case warrants it. Pay close attention to every detail!

Low productivity:

Many internal and external factors can cause low productivity in employees, stress, scarcity of resources, poor management, low salary, among others, promote demotivation. When the factors that cause low productivity are related to situations external to the workplace, the final consequence can be demotivation. Recent research identified motivation as an exceptional way to boost productivity among employees. So, if you observe a steady decline in the efficiency and productivity of your employees over a prolonged period of time, try to take action, motivational measures to change their attitude is essential.

A demotivated worker can generate low productivity, preventing the achievement of objectives, and in the long run, not only mean a decrease in their work and effective tasks, but also their resignation and abandonment of the company. Therefore, combating the reasons that encourage unmotivated workers is the solution to many headaches. Work demotivation can mean a considerable loss of resources in your company. According to statistics, 56% of human resources managers are worried because a demotivated worker is bound to leave the company sooner rather than later.

Absenteeism and tardiness

Are absenteeism and tardiness at work a huge problem for many organizations? Absolutely yes, and it usually signifies one of the symptoms of a demotivated worker. Absenteeism means big losses, so, it is necessary to face the problem in order to reduce its costs. Almost all workers have been absent or late to work due to circumstances beyond their control, such as a family emergency, illness, injury or bad weather. So, do tardiness and absenteeism become a problem when they are frequent? Another affirmative answer. If you see an increase in an employee’s absences and tardiness, you have palpable cause for concern.

Motivated absenteeism is another factor that can lead to increased absenteeism and tardiness. In motivated absenteeism, employees voluntarily come to work based on their level of motivation. While a highly motivated employee is eager to go to work, an unmotivated employee will look for a reason to miss work or be late. The consequences will be catastrophic in the achievement of a company’s objectives, so combating it is the best option to implement.

Low employee retention

Employee retention refers to an organization’s ability and skills to retain its workers for a given period of time. However, reports show that it is becoming increasingly difficult for employers to retain talented employees. With a record 4.5 million workers estimated to leave their jobs in November 2021 in the U.S. alone, taking into account the situation of an unmotivated worker is necessary as soon as possible. While it is impossible to retain all employees over a long period of time, some organizations have a higher employee retention rate than others.

How do they do it?

Through incentives, tools and strategies that ensure personal and professional well-being. A clear example of this is ChVmpion Mind. A platform that increasingly helps business leaders and owners to keep workers motivated. Promoting, in turn, high retention rates in the workplace.

Let’s not forget that workers are always looking for better opportunities and will not hesitate to leave a job that no longer motivates them for another that promises enormous potential. As an employer, if a high number of employees are leaving your company and you have a high employee turnover, then you need to find out what you are doing wrong. ChVmpionMind is the perfect opportunity to do so. Thanks to its 21-week plan, not only will you be able to achieve your professional goals, but also your employees will be more motivated, as they will feel cared for and valued in terms of their personal assets.

Apathy in the unmotivated worker

Apathy at work is another sign of an employee’s lack of motivation. An unmotivated worker will always bring this out, even unconsciously. Apathy can cause employees to act as if the job doesn’t matter or feel that management doesn’t appreciate them. Apathetic employees are always in a bad mood, even when other workers seem to enjoy the work. Withdrawn workers can affect your company’s productivity by refusing to participate in collaborative activities. An apathetic worker can be a source of toxicity. So the sooner you address the cause of apathy among your workers, the better for your company.

Constant conflict and lack of initiative

Conflict is a part of every human society and must be understood. Many factors contribute to workplace conflict, including personality-based and work-related factors. Whatever the cause, workplace conflict can negatively affect a company. It is vital, therefore, to identify and nip any conflict in the bud before it ruins your business. When conflict persists it can poison the entire work environment. No worker likes to go to work in a toxic environment. Therefore, if you have an unmotivated worker, the consequences that could give him away would be the constant conflict he will have with his coworkers.

“We are social beings for better and for worse, and if we don’t celebrate the good with others, or share our toxic thoughts with people who can help us, we will be damaging our immune, emotional and cognitive systems”.

José L. Meléndez CEO of ChVmpion Mind


Remember about an unmotivated worker…

The most sought-after employees may work with little or no supervision. Every employer loves to have employees take action and find solutions on their own. Sometimes when they fail or stop showing initiative in their jobs, it may be due to a lack of motivation. Employees working in organizations where roles and responsibilities are not defined often suffer from this terrible malady. An unmotivated worker may then show signs not only of apathy but also a palpable lack of commitment.

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