It’s no secret that unmotivated employees can ravage a business. Even before the COVID-19 outbreak, nearly 70 percent of employees were less than enthusiastic about (and less than committed to) their work, costing U.S. businesses between $450 and $550 billion each year. Add in one worldwide pandemic, newly remote and anxious employees, and news of daily layoffs, and leaders are left to plead, “Now what?” as employees mentally check out. Though it’s tempting to blame homebound workers and current events for cratering employee engagement, the most significant cause of demotivation—despite everything above—are the managers and leaders themselves.
CATHY BUSH, Ph.D., has spent decades investing in the development of leaders as an organizational psychologist, consultant, professor, coach, and author. She has worked with leaders around the globe to create the organizational cultures people love to work for—and clients love to work with—in a wide array of industries, including manufacturing, transportation, publishing, healthcare, retail, and banking. She is the co-author of the new book The Demotivated Employee: Helping Leaders Solve the Motivation Crisis That is Plaguing Business.
TARA PETERS, Ph.D., is a gifted educator, TED Talk speaker, bestselling author, and international consultant with a client list that includes Coca-Cola, Allstate, Walmart, and Ocwen. A professional educator for more than 26 years, she currently serves as a professor at Northwood University’s Richard DeVos Graduate School of Management and as academic dean for its Texas campus. She is the co-author of the new book The Demotivated Employee: Helping Leaders Solve the Motivation Crisis That is Plaguing Business.
During this interview, Cathy, Tara, and I discuss the following topics:
- The motivation and inspiration behind the book
- How employees go from motivated to demotivated
- How stress can impact an employee’s motivation
- How to have an motivational organizational culture
- How conflict help sap motivation but can help the organization
If you are interested in learning more about Cathy and Tara’s resources be sure to check out the following links:
- Check out The Leadership Doctors website
- Buy The Demotivated Employee: Helping Leaders Solve the Motivation Crisis That Is Plaguing Business on Amazon.
- Connect with Cathy on LinkedIn
- Connect with Tara on LinkedIn
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