You’re just trying to get the job done and you have a teammate who’s in a rut. For whatever reason, they are plagued by loss of interest, lack of confidence; they’re unfocused and basically useless.
Harsh, I know, but that’s how many co workers and managers feel when they are depending on someone to do a job and it’s not getting done. Who’s got time for whiney complainers? Frustration can subside with a few straightforward ways to motivate your team member and get their head back in the game without sounding cliche.
*Pro Tip* As you read, keep in mind all the times you’ve appreciated an encouraging word to pull yourself out of a mental ditch on the job.
This isn’t as easy as it sounds when approaching a discouraged specimen… you must evaluate and extract those pure golden nuggets of wonderful that hide amongst event the rockiest terrain. Sincerity is the key. If you go handing out cheap plastic compliments, expect a corresponding result.
EXPLAIN WHY THEIR JOB IS IMPORTANT
A little ego stroking never hurt anyone… a LITTLE.
SEE IF THEY NEED TO GET SOMETHING OFF THEIR CHEST
It could be something in their personal life that’s distracting them. Start off slow; “You good? You seem a little off” to “Hey, if you need to take a minute, I’ll cover for you” and, in dire straits, pull them aside and lovingly say “We need to talk about what’s bothering you cause it’s starting to be an issue.” The best practice? Sometimes just respectively acknowledging their struggle and backing off does the trick perfectly. *Pro Tip* If you crack them, you must put them back together
A GOOD JOKE GOES A LOOONG WAY
Keyword GOOD; this post is motivation withOUT embarrassing yourself.
TALK ABOUT THE TASK AT HAND
Remind them that work is a wonderful excuse to tune out your problems, (and may I add a much healthier option than the other substances on the market.) Bring up someone that you’ve encountered on the job that is a positive reinforcement. Make it fun or make fun of it.