Motivate Disgruntled Employees

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No one likes to manage unhappy employees. They can be tough to motivate and resistant to change. But giving up isn’t the solution either. Here are three counterintuitive ways to bring your most disillusioned back into the fold:

  • Try harder to inspire. Double down on your efforts. Keep the conversation positive. Set expectations high so they’ll become more invested.
  • Develop them. Don’t leave the underachievers out when distributing stretch assignments. Career development should not focus only on high potentials.
  • Take them to lunch. Managers spend more time with people they like, but you may make your unhappy employees feel excluded. Make an effort to spread your attention around.

Adapted from “Are You Creating Disgruntled Employees?” by Joseph Folkman.

 

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6 comments
navarrotells
navarrotells

@SpyTales he was busy with over 1700 patents, that was just a speed bump

navarrotells
navarrotells

@MikeRocheAuthor exactly and he didn't cry poor me or have a meltdown with HR

navarrotells
navarrotells

@MikeRocheAuthor exactly, as if managers didn't have enough to do with less. Did Edison need motivation or DaVinci?

Taxpayer
Taxpayer

All too often management just thinks that if an employee doesn't want to drink the Kool-Aid, they can leave.  All of the above take effort.  Management NEVER likes anything that takes effort.  Hire and fire.  Repeat often.

Ronnie_Matrix
Ronnie_Matrix

@TIMEBusiness Yeah just before they turn crazy