How to motivate lazy staff in three steps
THERE is one in every office... that staff member who will half-finish a job before heading home for the night. Never puts their hand up to tackle the task at hand, or just gives up because they can't be bothered.
But the good news is, there are ways managers and business owners can motivate lazy staff.
Here are a few tips from Recruit Shop to get you started:
- Create publicly available performance metrics: Nothing fixes laziness quite like provable accountability. If you can find a way to prove, with numbers and not subjectivity, that some employees are more productive than others - especially if that data is made public - you can really motivate people to make a greater effort. Often lazy employees don't think about the proof or the accountability, and don't care about subjective feedback. But performance metrics make feedback much more real, and makes employees want to "prove" they are valuable.
- Provide clear rewards for hard work: Of course, sometimes laziness is based on a lack of incentive. Make sure that, when you have those performance metrics in place, there are also rewards for those that are working hard. As always, it's crucial to identify the actual contributors, and be able to prove that the value they bring to the organization is worth the reward. But once you do that, your employees that have simply been looking for incentive to be successful will see the possible rewards, and work towards them.
- Identify any underlying problems: Sometimes laziness is also related to underlying problems. Poor relationships with managers, difficulties at home, sleep issues, distractions - there are countless obstacles to hard work, and some people take the easy way out. So take the time to identify some of the underlying issues with each employee. You may find that the cause of their laziness is easy to solve, and you'll get great work from them in the future. Laziness can happen to even the best employees. Sometimes it's preventable, and sometimes it's just manageable, but you can always get more from your lazy employees if you know how to address them, and if not, then it may be time to hire someone new.