Employee Motivation Needs to Be More Than ‘a Pat on the Back’

Employee Motivation Needs to Be More Than ‘a Pat on the Back’

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Over the years, Pavel Vosk noticed something about employee motivation. The Puyallup, Washington-based business and management consultant watched time and again as previously overachieving employees turned into unmotivated ones. They’d go from giving 110 percent to doing the bare minimum in a relatively short period of time.

But it wasn’t burnout causing the lack of effort, Vosk told me.

“What I discovered is that the biggest contributor to demotivation was lack of recognition for extra effort or work exceptionally performed,” Vosk said. “Once employees realize that all their extra effort and hard work gets them nowhere with the company, they cease to exert any extra effort. They begin to withdraw and start the vicious cycle of doing just enough not to get fired or confronted.”

According to Vosk, most employees go the extra mile only three times before they give up. And, once they become demotivated, employers are more likely…