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Employees Are Uninspired – And Yes, Managers, It’s Likely Your Fault


The numbers don’t lie.

According to the 2017 State of Global Workplace Report85 percent percent of employees worldwide are uninspired and don’t feel motivated to do their best work.

That’s a concerning number to say the least. Odds are very good the people you lead or the coworkers that surround you are unhappy in their jobs because they lack inspiration.

Now, there are a number of things that contribute to someone not being inspired at work. Maybe they chose the wrong career path to begin with, or are a wrong fit for the workplace culture. But again, we have to look to the numbers. As this the author of this Inc. article on the topic states, “Based on Gallup’s research spanning decades, I hate to say it but it’s true: managers are still the primary culprit.”

So while the old “it’s my boss’ fault” statement may feel like a cliche, that doesn’t make it untrue.

Managers, it’s essential you look at HOW you lead in the workplace. What are you doing to be a true leader that inspires others to buy into your vision of collective success? That’s probably a hard question to answer, which is why I want to share some advice from the previously mentioned Inc. article. Their suggestion boils down to this:

Stop treating people as a resource that you just pay and expect them to do their job. Start treating them like worthy business partners in the pursuit of a more human-centered workplace.

How do you do that? They give 3 tips:

1.  Find your employees’ natural strengths to unleash their full potential.

2. Grant employees greater input and autonomy.

3. Hire relational managers to carry out positive change.

Of course the article does a great job of giving more insight into each of these tips, and I hope you read the whole piece.

In the end, it’s time for managers to realize that with leadership comes responsibility – not just to do YOUR job, but to inspire the people on your team to do theirs, as well.