If you had to rate your employees on a 1-10 scale of engagement, 1 being completely unengaged and 10 being on fire…. Where would they land? Are there some numbers in there that you’d love to change, but you don’t know how?

Well, there’s good news and there’s bad news. The bad news is… You are most likely causing at least ONE (if not two, three, or four) of the things on this list. The good news? That means you can change what YOU’RE doing to see a) increased engagement, and b) increased results from your team members! Sounds like a win-win, right?

According to Forbes, these are the top 8 MOST common causes of workplace demotivation. Try to assess your office as you read along…

1) Micromanagement

2) Lack of Progress

3) Job insecurity

4) No confidence in company leadership

5) Lack of recourse for poor performance

6) Poor communication

7) Unpleasant coworkers

8) Boredom


Could any of these ring true for your team members? If so, you need to work on: improving your communication with your employees, giving positive feedback, implementing systems for tracking results, and building strong leadership skills. Then, rate your team again next month and see if you notice any improvements!


What do YOU think is the biggest cause of demotivation in the workplace? Feel free to share in the comment section!!


Until next time,


Jay Geier