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Five Myths About Motivating Employees

Five Myths About Motivating Employees

In a typical workplace, only 29% of employees are actively motivated and engaged in their jobs, while 71% are unmotivated and disengaged - either not engaged at all (54%) or are actively disengaged (17%), according to the Gallup Management Journal’s Employee Engagement Index.


You may have noticed a slight uptake in employee engagement since the global economic downturn led to layoffs and reorganisation. People are grateful to have a job. However, as a human resources professional, you know that employee engagement will fall back to former levels, or even worsen. The 'new normal' economy is bound to mean workloads remain high, as companies do more with less. The HR team can help leaders recognize the risk to employee motivation, and start thinking about low-cost ways to engage and inspire their teams.

HR should take an active role by talking with leaders and debunking the top five myths about motivating employees:
  1. Money is the number one way to motivate employees.
  2. If you want to motivate people, don’t let them in on the bad news.
  3. Most employees know what motivates them.
  4. You simply cannot motivate everyone.
  5. People are just grateful to have a job, and this attitude will survive the downturn.
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