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Managers play a key role in the employees’ motivation to go to work everyday. A study from Securex shows that 20% of that motivation comes directly from the manager’s behaviour and the relationship the employees handle with their N+1. For this study, 1500 people have answered, among them 302 executives and 1198 collaborators.

Working out of Obligation rather than Motivation leads to Absenteeism 

Employees’ motivation has a huge impact on absenteeism. One collaborator out of five will be on sick leave 21 days a year if he’s demotivated whereas this number decreases to one employee out of 10 for motivated employees.

The demotivated collaborators are also much more at risk of making a burnout. It is explained by the fact that motivated employees are willing to do their job whereas the demotivated ones do it out of obligation, which increases stress and pressure.

Motivation Increases Employee Retention

Managers who can motivate their teammates will see an increase in employee retention. The study shows that motivated employees are less willing to leave their company (8%, against 16%) and are also willing to work longer (until 60 years old, against 54 years old).


“Inner motivation has an important impact on the employee and on the company culture. Not only on absenteeism and burn-out, but also on the collaborators’ well-being, physical and psychological health, creativity, commitment and company performances.” Hermina Van Coillie, HR Expert at Securex.


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