How do you keep passionate people motivated?

Category: Passion.

In many organizations and companies, work is increasingly becoming a place of disillusionment. Most employees start the roles with enthusiasm and resourcefulness, but as the days go by they start feeling more and more overwhelmed, helpless and feel like they have no choices anymore. They tend to feel exhausted and bored with what they do. Complaining, requesting for day-offs, ridiculing others becomes the norm at the workplace.


If you love your work, you’ll be out there every day trying to do it the best you possibly can, and pretty soon everybody around will catch the passion from you – like a fever.

Sam Walton, founder of Walmart

These are just indications that these employees require something that will enable them to regain hope and enthusiasm. However, they need your help to achieve this. Here is how to keep passionate people motivated:

Be supportive

A passionate worker will remain passionate until when he or she realizes that they are no getting the support they need. To motivate them, you need to be supportive.

You can do this by discussing the weaknesses in the system without pointing fingers or blaming anyone for the failures experienced. You can also ask your workers to tell you what they need from you or the management for them to feel more valued. You need to show them that their concerns and issues are being heard and worked on.

Have the right compensation structure

Offering the right compensation structure to your workers will keep them motivated and enable them to remain passionate about what they do. The right compensation structure, in this case, does not only mean monetary incentives or a competitive salary.

If monetary compensation is the only thing you offer your workers, they will sooner or later start losing their passion for the job simply because they are doing it for the money. However, if you include other incentives like promotions, awards, bonuses, benefits, and others, they will be motivated to work harder and maintain their passion for the job.

Communicate and be transparent

What demoralizes a good number of employees and forces to lose their passion at work is simply lack of proper communication channels and transparency. Ensure that the communication systems or channels are open to all the workers in the organization. People enjoy working in environments where they are listened to and given opportunities to air their opinions. When making decisions ensure that you also include the opinions and ideas of the workers. This will give them a sense of recognition. Be transparent in everything you do. Let each and every employee know why you made certain changes, why someone was promoted and what they can do to get the promotions.

Know and listen to your team

For you to motivate passionate people, you need to listen to them and know them individually. Even if you have a huge number of workers, try as much as possible to know them individually by name. when a worker realizes that the boss knows him or her by name, they feel a sense of belonging to the company. Try to listen to their plight and what some of them are going through, and try to offer solutions. This will always give them hope and encourage them to do their best in their various capacities.

When a worker starts to lose passion in what he or she is doing, they also start to lose the fun, the excitement, and the lets-save-the-world attitude. This means that they will no longer work harder or work towards achieving the objectives of the business.

Employee engagement is the key to keeping passion for your business alive. You can encourage employee engagement by letting employees know the “whys” of the business, having them track their progress, and recognizing their contributions to the company.

The OKR methodology is a goal-setting strategy that lends itself well to these necessary factors, with transparent Objectives and Key Results at all levels of an organization, weekly or biweekly progress check-ins, and tracked progress for each individual key result. Employees will be able to see how their day-to-day tasks are contributing to the larger goals of the organization. This will keep team members engaged and help managers keep the passion alive.

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