Latest research suggests lack of recognition, feeling invisible or undervalued, and bad managers are the top three demotivators in the workplace

Recent research from the employee engagement company Reward Gateway has found that 72% of employees say that their employers could do more to motivate them. 

Over half the 6,025 employees surveyed agreed that their current job just “pays the bills” and only 23% agreed that they work in a great place with a challenging and exciting role. 

The top reasons that were drawn out for employees feeling demotivated were:

  • Feeling invisible or undervalued (43%)
  • Having a bad manager (43%)
  • A lack of recognition (40%)

Beyond this however, the research highlighted some of the worrying effects lack of motivation was having, which included: a decline in mood (62%), a reduction in productivity levels (49%), a decline in mental health (48%), a reduction in quality of work (39%) and a decline in the quality of their diet (30%). 

Commenting on the research, Reward Gateway’s Group Director of Product and Client Success, Rob Boland said, “It’s clear that employers can be doing more to motivate and engage their people in the right way. From our research and our experience with thousands of businesses with whom we’ve worked, the companies driving the greatest commercial results are the best at addressing employee motivation. These businesses center their engagement strategies on strategically recognizing their employees to boost visibility for great work, communicating openly and honestly with their employees, and surveying their people regularly to understand how to constantly improve and adapt their strategy”. 

For the employees who indicated a greater level of satisfaction in their workplaces, results showed the main reason why people were motivated in their current workplace was because of good working relationships with team members (44%), but to remain motivated respondents stated that they would like to be shown appreciation for hard work (42%). 

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