There are currently a lot of reports being done looking at the quality of life employees have. According to a recent article in peoplemanagement almost a third of workers say their standard of living has dropped in the past six months (data from the employee outlook survey), 46 per cent of people have had their pay frozen and 20 per cent believe they’re in danger of redundancy. Many people have commented on how they think this situation should be managed with consistent and high quality leadership being mentioned above most. I feel that this situation needs to monitored more closely.
If an employee has worries outside of work, increased stress levels and is in a state of nervousness is it possible for a business to fully motivate them? Businesses have a big task of surviving and making themselves more efficient during this time of uncertainty and are therefore in a catch 22 position for how much stability and certainty it can provide its employees.
Demotivated staff are harder to work with and it would be nearly impossible for them to increase productivity, but by businesses focusing on motivation, being as open and honest and increasing team work this should enable a greater chance for survival. Employees often think that they are made to pay while the people at the top don’t get affected during difficult times. By educating employees and providing tools for them to see the bigger picture it will help them to be motivated and see that they are not alone in these uncertain times.