I'm a team lead and I have a team member who has a little more than an year's experience. He is basically smart and capable but he has been having an issue for couple of months and I have not been able to pull him out of that state successfully, so I'm asking here to may be get some ideas.
Our team has been under much work load, so I have not been able to properly strategize or give enough attention to each members morale. Hopefully we will be getting some new resources, but in the mean time I need each team member at their best, and I need to enable this particular resource who is not taking much interest in even high priority tasks assigned to him.
His main issue is that he does not find the main task of the team sufficient for skill building and learning. Well, our team's main task is of a certain nature, but there is that specific goal we have to reach to and then there are many ways to get to that and we have to constantly try to improve and find more ways of getting to that.
In order to keep him interested in his work I have assigned him different kind of tasks and taken away the task which he had originally gotten fed up with. The tasks I assigned him are all important, and have skill building capacity, each task involving different tool and techniques, but he has not really delivered much, some highly important tasks have not even been touched others are just being dragged , and some other tasks he delivers always have errors here and there so I always have to double check them before sending them to the client.
He and I have discussed his concern couple of times, and the answer from my side has been that I either assign him some tasks which are important for the team and require learning new stuff, I have also given him other kind of ideas to look into. I have also told him to let me know if he has any new ideas although he has not brought any.
To me looks like, he got burn out while working on his initial task which was not a productive task(still high priority for clients and has room for improvements). That task had been going on before I joined their team. Well, anyways it has been months that he has been moved from that task.
He has applied for masters studies, if he gets accepted then he will leave but its about 9-11 months till next MS batch starts. So he is for sure here for that much time.
How do I motivate him to be productive till he is here