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What changes can help me in finding motivation for my work?

I am very demotivated with my work. Of late, I feel like my job has become unappealing and frustrating. This has prompted me to start a journey of finding motivation. My quest for gaining motivation has not borne any fruits. I do not clearly understand the concept and often ask myself, “What does motivation mean?” I am desperately in need of tips that will help me learn how to motivate myself for work. I would love to know what causes demotivation and what you can do to motivate yourself.

Dana Keller

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Melissa Norris on January 29, 2018


Many successful employees understand what motivation means in their work.
In order to find motivation for work use the following tips when making changes to your work lifestyle:

  • Get into a job that appeals to you- Most employed people say that working at a place they love and in the job they love is the best way to ward off demotivation. If you are already in a job, do not fret, politely ask the employer to assign you tasks that you enjoy doing. Pitch in a request to move to a department where you feel you will be most comfortable. Working while happy is the best way to stay motivated.
  • Learn on the job- Acquire new knowledge and skills related to your job. This will break the monotony in your daily life, as you will be engaged in a different routine. Additionally, the new skills learnt will ensure that you do not go back to the previous tasks thus breaking monotony that is a major cause of job frustrations.
  • Ask for a salary increase- One of the key motivators for employees is the salary. Asking for an increase in salary is only natural. You deserve a pay, a good pay for your work. Consider what employees in similar positions from other companies earn before putting across your request. Kindly note that a good salary is not going to be a solution if you loath your job.
  • Remember ‘WHY’ you got into that job- Most employees forget the essence of applying for and wanting a particular career after some years. Always remember the purpose for which you got into a particular career path. Frequently recall ‘the greater good’ of your job. This will go a long way in motivating you as you learn that you are not working for yourself alone.

Combining the above tips on how to motivate yourself and understanding of what causes demotivation at work will go a long way in your motivation. Some of the causes of demotivation at work are:

Inefficient communication: The absence of good communication in the work place creates a tense and confusing atmosphere for the employee. This is especially worse when there is poor communication from the top down.

No progress at work: Employees lose a lot of motivation when they work for a company that is not progressive. No one wants to put their time and skill in a restrictive company.

Ronald Miller10 months ago

Overwork can cause demotivation that means when you are overladen with unrealistic goals from top management.

Preventing Demotivation: From experience, I would advise one not to venture into a job without a goal in mind. If the job is something that you really need, set goals for yourself. That goal keeps you motivated and focused. However, if you still love the company, then you need to motivate yourself by looking for ways to make your job creative. e.g. tweak your goals to something more challenging, take a new course, take a break to think, etc. Good luck.

Larry Warrena year ago

I would love to add some more reasons that cause people to lose interest with their jobs. These include:

Job uncertainty: Job insecurity creates a panic mood for employees. They tend to concentrate on making plans to cushion themselves for times ahead. This is only natural as no one wants to stay on board a sinking vessel.

Lack of confidence in the management: Leadership that does not inspire confidence in employees is bound to meet resistance. Employee loyalties tend to waiver, instances of rebellion come up and loss of self-motivation among employees often shows.

Lack of reprimand for poor performers: If poor performers keep getting away with mediocre work, the top performers tend to lose motivation for the work and settle for just any standard of output.

Micromanaging of employees: Control of even the most intricate parts of an employee’s duty can cause them to lose motivation with their job.


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