The impact of low motivation

Updated: Nov 1, 2019



A study by Reward Gateway found that 18% of Australian employees don’t feel motivated in the workplace and more than seven in 10 (74%) workers say their managers should do more to stimulate and inspire them. (source: HRD Oct 2018)


The research, which surveyed over 2,000 employees across Australia, has also uncovered the impacts that a lack of motivation has on employees. The top five being bad mood (64%), declining mental health (55%), reduced productivity levels (54%), reduced quality of work (41%) and poor diet (34%). (source: HRD Oct 2018)


That's a lot of unmotivated people with some significant impacts both to the company bottom-line and to the employees themselves.


Under normal circumstances this is bad enough, now imagine this is happening when there is a change project underway - how successful do you think the change effort will be?


Interestingly one of the key change readiness factors for successful change is leadership that can provide inspiring vision of what is possible and expected and compelling reasons the change is necessary. If employees aren't motivated to begin with this just becomes a bigger problem.


Another key to change readiness is that individuals are motivated to change and to stay motivated when things get tough (as they do), some of this can be improved by the above step but there is also a motivation that comes from within and is crucial to successful change outcomes.


What's the take away? Understanding how motivated your employees are, how to motivate them and how to help them find their internal motivation is critical to success in general but even more so when it comes to change.