Three Great Reasons to Stay Motivated at Work

Three Great Reasons to Stay Motivated at Work

By Leanne Bull


When you’re at work, do you ever find yourself staring at the clock, willing the hours to go by as quickly as possible?


It is okay if your answer is ‘yes’. We’ve all had days in which we can’t wait to get out of the office – but if this describes what you experience every day at work, it may be a sign that you’re unmotivated.


Many of us have likely held a job that we didn’t love. You might be wishing for something bigger and better – or even your dream job. However, whether or not you feel that dream job is attainable, it may not simply fall into your lap. It’s something you’ll want to work for, and that starts by investing in your current job.


A recent survey conducted by Monster Canada found that though one-third of working Canadians don’t think they’ll ever find their dream job, three-quarters of these Canadians report still being motivated at work. So take a cue and get your eyes off of the clock. Here are three reasons why you may want to stir up some motivation.


1.You can set yourself up for future opportunities


Depending on where you live or the industry within which you work, the size of your network may vary. If you work in a tight-knit industry, you may never know if you’ll encounter a former colleague – or boss – down the line at a future job. One of the last things you’ll want is for them to recall you being unmotivated.


If you’re seen as a disengaged worker that your colleagues can’t rely on, you may inadvertently spoil future opportunities for which you’re qualified.


However, if you dedicate yourself to your current role, demonstrate your value and work ethic, you may be rewarded down the line. Perhaps a former colleague might recommend you for a job opening, or a future boss might know someone you’ve worked with in the past who can sing your praises. You never know when your hard work could pay off, so all the more reason to keep your motivation consistent.


A lack of motivation can also result from feeling underemployed in one’s current role. This can include, but is certainly not limited to, recent graduates who might have taken a role unrelated to their field of study. Again, by demonstrating a keen interest and aptitude in an existing job, you have the potential to use your stepping stone as a launching pad.


2.You can avoid a negative reputation


Remember to always think of your personal brand as an employee and your job as an opportunity to establish your brand as a phenomenal employee, no matter the task at-hand. Never underestimate the value of a positive reputation.


Establishing a strong reputation as a colleague who gets things done can have more immediate benefits, such as a positive performance review or salary bump, but it also creates trust in the workplace. 


This also applies if you happen to be on your way out of a role. Perhaps you’re going through the final rounds of interviewing with a new company. It may be tempting to reduce your investment in your current job, but you’ll want the last experience your colleagues have with you to be positive, rather than leaving a sour taste in their mouths.


3.You can push yourself outside of your comfort zone


If you can’t muster up motivation when you sit down at your desk or greet your first customer of the day, it’s time to think about what does motivate you at work. It might be that you’ve been working for your company for a few years and your tasks aren’t bringing the same level of excitement they used to bring, or you might be stuck in a rut.


Why not demonstrate your drive and seek opportunities outside of your daily responsibilities? By keeping up your motivation, you may be rewarded with the assignment you’ve been waiting for – or even the job opportunity you didn’t know you wanted.


By increasing your positive stress at work and encouraging yourself to operate outside of your comfort zone, your career can benefit in the long-term.


Know when it’s time to bid farewell


If you’ve determined your current job can’t inspire you to be motivated, despite the reasons outlined above, it might be time to move on, or you might immediately know that your new job isn’t right for you. If you’ve settled on finding a new job, be sure you know how to answer the question of what does motivate you, if a potential employer poses it.


For more tips to help you stay motivated at work, visit

Let us help you "findbetter"!