Business Coaching to Increase Motivation

Business coaching is one of the most powerful tools available for managers seeking to improve the morale and motivation of their employees. Whilst raising their salary is likely to have this effect, the increase in motivation is only likely to be fairly short-lived as the pay level becomes an acceptable norm but working conditions continue to cause unhappiness or prevent progress.

Why Will Motivation Be Low?

The reasons as to why motivation may be low and needs increasing can be varied. Whilst it could be low pay, this is often unlikely to be the sole reason as in most cases the employee would have known the salary amount before they accepted the position. Whilst increasing pay may have a short term effect as mentioned in the paragraph above, there will likely be other factors which need identifying and addressing in order to improve motivation on a more permanent basis.

Examples of potential causes of low motivation levels include:

  • Poor relationships with colleagues or managers, causing a lack of teamworking and communication

  • Unsuitable working conditions such as a dirty workplace, poor maintenance, lack of welfare facilities including toilets and washing areas.

  • Little to no attention paid to health and safety within the workplace. Managers who care little for the wellbeing of their employees through failing to provide health and safety training or introduce safety measures designed to prevent accidents will soon discover that their workforce will become extremely demoralised by this. Not only is health and safety a legal requirement, but also has significant benefits to the company too.

  • Unhappy workers will lack motivation and perform below expectations
  • Boring or repetitive tasks. Certain jobs can be extremely repetitive and offer little in the way of mental stimulation. Even if they are well-paid, employees will inevitably get bored and lose motivation, especially if they have been doing the job for some time. Job rotation can help to alleviate this situation, rather then having the same person do the same boring task all of the time.

  • A lack of promotion and career advancement opportunities. Whilst some employees will be happy with the level they are at, others will want to advance into positions with more responsibility. If they have been with the company for a long time and see little signs of advancement, they may lose motivation and think about seeking employment elsewhere for this opportunity.

  • It is sometimes easy to forget that employees have lives outside of work. As much as company managers would like them to concentrate 100% on work tasks from the minute they walk in the door to the moment they exit, people are likely to have concerns and worries which play on their mind at various times of the day and negatively affect their morale and motivation to do their job.

  • What Can be Done to Improve Motivation?

    In order to improve motivation on a more permanent basis, rather than the fairly temporary increase achieved through pay rises or bonuses, the issues which are causing the low motivation need to be identified, addressed and overcome, and is where business coaching comes to prominence.

    By engaging the services of a business coach to facilitate coaching sessions for the individual, their issues can be discussed in detail and strategies devised for overcoming them. Whether or not these issues are related to the company, or involve the worker's personal life (which may be a little more tricky to deal with), if it is affecting the individual's productivity then it is affecting the business. As such, it is in the best interests of the firm to pay for business coaching in order to increase the motivation and effectiveness of the worker.



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