Before we delve into the factors that can help you get back your mojo at work here are some reasons to explore as to why we become de-motivated to work.
- The Lure of Easy Lifestyles as Compared to Hard Work
When the concept of fast food had not come around, most people depended on the slow cooking methods to make wholesome meals at home. With the emergence of food at different retail stores that promised truckloads of calories and great taste, it became a craze and soon many preferred such quick and processed food as their solution to meals instead of spending time and effort to cook up meals.
- The lure of easy rewards is something akin to fast food; it is cheap and easy to acquire and can help satisfy cravings easily.
- This is akin to many people getting distracted with several easy activities that they can do at leisure and that do not involve working long hours or challenging one with arduous projects.
Nowadays many families can help support their young adults who can comfortably seek out their choice of employment. Again, those who have created a comfortable base for themselves in terms of monetary rewards might also find themselves wanting the motivation to get back to grueling work assignments.
- When Basic Psychological Needs are Not Met
Psychology studies indicate that there are three main drives for work:
- Need for Autonomy
This is the basic need of a mature adult who would like to fulfill his or her material needs and wants as well as fulfill their aspirations in life through work.
- Need for Competence
Goals that look lucrative and opportunities that are found are often more alluring when they help one to establish their competence in a certain field or specialization; hence, someone who has gained a masters degree in Economics might find research-based work assignments in related fields challenging and a way to showcase their competency.
- Need for Relatedness
Most people, in the course of choosing a career or vocation, also wish to express certain underlying values or a sense of individuality. For instance, if one comes from a blacksmith’s family, usually such young adults who are exposed to the trade, would have the necessary skills and want to take it further in a related profession; those who wish to be linked to a world of health and wellness might seek to become a therapist or take up a degree course in medicine.
Hence, work that one takes up should ideally help meet all these basic needs. In many situations people often find themselves struggling with competency issues as work roles evolve and new advancements appear in their fields; younger career aspirants bring in more know-how and modern skills, making older professionals feel redundant.
If a profession fails to be well paying or when one is unable to meet their financial needs with the profession or trade they choose to be in.
The other aspect is disillusion in the related community which is linked to one’s career or profession. If there is a falling out of beliefs or what a community used to mean to certain people, one might find themselves disillusioned about their career or profession.
- Leisure Activities Become More Appealing
As has been predicted in several economic theories, the willingness to work in society would also be proportional to economic prosperity and want for leisure activities.
- There has always been a reverse trade-off between work and leisure; unless financial needs are more paramount, people would want to trade off more work for more leisure activities.
- This is apparent in advanced economies where the disincentive of hard work and related stress leads to people preferring to indulge more in leisure activities.
Today there is an increasing pool of leisure and sports-related activities that help fulfill similar needs in humans. Those who feel tired of pursuing a desk job can indulge in a leisure activity in which they can build competence, take part in different events, be part of a community who share similar enthusiasm in the same activity and so forth. Many even take up such skills to professional levels and can make it an alternate career choice. For instance, enthusiastic golfers who take up the sport full time to participate in different championships.
Given the above reasons and trends, it might not be hard to see why one might lose their interest and motivation to work. However, in most cases people have no other choice but to work, either in the same profession or find another whereby they can prove their competence and fulfill their material needs and responsibilities.
- Know What Fires You
It is important to delve into the initial enthusiasm that inspired you to take up a certain career or work role in the first place.
- Read the cover letter that you had typed when you had applied to your present organization and sought the role you obtained.
- This would help us relieve the inspiration that drew us to applying for that job and what we envisioned the work to be.
- Remind yourself importance of your role in your department as well as organization.
- Even if the role or job might have lost its luster, remind yourself of the perks and advantages it provides you – ability to support your family and your own material needs and wants.
Once you have revisited all the reasons that your present work or job had appealed to you, it would help to get back the realistic and maybe mundane everyday version of the same. Even if you wish to get a different role or job, the existing work platform would help you to land a future job as well as sustain you till you find your next preferred mode of employment.
- Plan to Grow in Your Job
Many of us feel stagnant in our workplace when we see ourselves repeating certain mundane, trivial tasks whereas we would like to work on something more meaningful and strategic. It might come around once in a while but you might lose the opportunity to someone else which would lead to a feeling of de-motivation.
- Find ways to grow in your present role or work assignment.
- Think of ways you could contribute more or plan to discuss your ideas with your superior.
- Plan to attend trainings to grow your expertise in your work role.
- Seek additional responsibilities that would show your competency or a role change that would help you to learn something new.
These are initiatives that you could take to change the repetitive and boring nature of your work. If you bring this to your superior’s attention, he or she will also try to get you to do something different or take on more responsibilities. This would also showcase your initiative taking abilities that would work in your favor when appraisal time comes around.
- Find Ways to Compete
Work that is challenging often makes the hours fly past.
- It helps to take one out of their comfort zone in their work.
- Have discussions or compete with colleagues in getting certain assignments done.
- Brings in the need to overcome obstacles to get work done.
Usually, a difficult work assignment proves to be challenging and helps to stave off boredom. On the other hand, if challenges prove to be insurmountable it can also lead to de-motivation of employees. Hence, support should be sought from peers and superiors who can provide support but help maintain an air of healthy competitiveness.
- Find Ways to Improve Productivity
If your work involves tedious tasks that need to be completed and comprises of a repetitive pattern, try to work it around in ways that make it variable and interesting. For instance, if you find yourself dragging your feet at work after lunch hours, try to put in more productive hours during the morning. It could also indicate a lack of variety and fun in your personal life. Consider workout activities or joining a hobby class a few days in a week to bring in variety in your daily schedules.
- Plan Vacations and Getaways
There is nothing like a boring, monotonous work life that can sap out the zeal and creativity from you. Hence, no matter what kind of responsibilities you have at a workplace, ensure that you take regular breaks from work.
- Plan to go for a weekend trip at least once in two or three months.
- Take an extended vacation for a week at least once a year.
These aspects will help you ensure that you give yourself a break from familiar surroundings. It would help to de-stress and rejuvenate in a different, ideally a more natural environment. It would also be wise to sign up for company trips or offsite training programs.
The above points help one to identify the causes of de-motivation to work and how to counter the same. If de-motivation persists, it would indicate that one is ready for a change in their profession or what they wish to do in their life.