Is motivation a problem spot in your organization?
My team and I went to SavvyRoo, a cool site where people can enter a question and rank other people’s posts, and we asked leaders for their top question about workplace motivation.
Out of hundreds of questions, this one surfaced in the top 10: Why are managers such lousy motivators?
Most entries asked about how to motivate people, but this question tugged at the deeper issue of why motivation is such a challenge. There’s good science to explain why managers are typically lousy at motivation.
You might be familiar with Ken Kovach’s seminal research. Individuals rank 10 workplace motivators. Their answers are compared against rankings of what their managers think motivates them.
The results reflect how most employees feel: My manager doesn’t know what motivates me.