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Life-work balance is a predictor of employee motivation.


Employee motivation is complex, but there are easy ways to try to identify what factors might be effecting an employee’s motivation. If there are concerns about an employee’s motivation to perform well, the employer should not hesitate to act.

Workplace Issue: An employee begins to miss work, arrives late or shows a lack of interest.
If this occurs: Check whether the employee is still interested in the job.

The employer or supervisor should:

1. Check whether the individual’s life situation has recently changed. Is the employee facing unexpected challenges or difficulties that are carrying over into the workplace?
Tip for success: Use Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) to help employees or ask your local service providers for assistance in developing a work plan that will help you to integrate your employee in a way that will resolve issues and positively benefit all parties.

2. Check whether the individual has misunderstood job tasks. This may account for a loss of interest.
Tip for success: Ask what an ideal work situation would be in order to identify potential misunderstandings regarding work conditions or existing uncomfortable situations.


HIRE for TALENT has made every effort to use the most respectful words possible while writing these materials. We realize, however, that the most appropriate terminology may change over time. We developed these materials with the intent to respect the dignity and inherent rights of all individuals.

Take the Challenge!

True or false

An employee's life situation has recently changed. Because of this, an employee could feel less motivated.

True. Evidently, many factors can influence employee motivation.

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