When people are unmotivated, it is generally because they either feel like they don’t fit into the company’s culture or are unseen or unheard. Several things affect an unmotivated individual. As a leader, you must try to identify those things that led to their feelings instead of labeling them as unmotivated. Sure, maybe hiring them was a mistake. But it is also the duty of the leader to provide them with an area where they fit better. Take it upon yourself to transition them into a more harmonious environment. Try not to push them out the door. Bear some of the responsibility of helping them because you, as a leader, should be instrumental in engaging them.
Keep in mind that motivating your people is more than just giving an excessive number of bonuses, etc., If you engage with them that way, then the task itself becomes finite, and loses human value. As a result, the employee pool may be motivated but won’t really care for each other, making attrition an issue.
Instead, inspire people and see yourself elevating your employees’ confidence. Give them a sense of cause or vision and make them feel that their work is worth more. Let them know that they matter, are heard, seen and understood. If you do these, your people will not only be motivated and inspired, but also if they are offered better paying jobs elsewhere, they’re more likely to turn it down. It’s because employee retention is not always about the money and the bonuses. It’s because they would rather work with you!