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8 Deadly Ways to Kill Employee Motivation

8 Deadly Ways to Kill Employee Motivation
If you want to make sure you're providing your employees with an environment in which they can thrive, check your workplace for these motivation killers. 1. Toxic people. If you've ever spent time with truly toxic people, you know how destructive and exhausting they can be. Toxic people spread negativity and suffocate the positive.


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Toxic People

Toxic People

Toxic people spread negativity and suffocate the positive. Left unchecked, they can destroy and exhaust.

Step away from them or make sure policies and supervision are in place to minimize their damage.




Lack Of Professional Development

Lack Of Professional Development

Most want to grow and learn, else they feel the workplace is static and dull. Professional development for employees lets them grow in their careers and know that the organization and you are invested in their success.



Lack Of Vision

Lack Of Vision

A clearly communicated vision sets the direction and lets people know where to focus. Without it, even the best employees are less effective, because it's hard to excel if you don't understand the big picture.



Wasted Time

Wasted Time

Unnecessary meetings and emails leave workers frustrated. Show people you value them by showing them you value their time.



Inadequate Communication

Inadequate Communication

Poor communication leads to frequent second-guessing, ignored tasks, duplicated jobs, lack of information, and destructive rumors. A clear flow of communication benefits everyone.



Vertical Management

Vertical Management

Workers who feel unheard or are forced to follow without question tend to not do more than a grudging minimum. The more collaboration, the more investment and the more motivation.



Lack Of Appreciation

Lack Of Appreciation

People grow uninspired and apathetic when hard work or extraordinary results go unrecognized. A simple thank you will ameliorate that.



Bad Leadership

Bad Leadership

Bad leaders harm individuals, teams and the organization. To improve your workplace, develop your own leadership, then hire and grow the best leaders at every level. 




Maintain Physical Distance

The best way of avoiding workplace contagion by toxic workers is to minimize contact.

People are four times more likely to communicate regularly with individuals who are seated two met...

Slow the Rhythm

Slow the rhythm of your exchanges with toxic workers as much as possible. By doing so, you'll deny the abuser the positive reinforcement and pleasure they crave when they abuse others.

Reduce the frequency of communications. Limit meetings such that they are only scheduled on an as-needed basis. As well, when possible, minimize email communications and delay email response times.

Develop an Early Warning System

Oftentimes, an early warning system is best developed with the succor of a toxic worker's secretary or executive assistant. 

Because these individuals are best suited to predict rash behavior and/or mood swings. If you're able to successfully enlist individuals in the know, they can be invaluable in terms of alerting you not only of an asshole's presence, but also of his/her daily levels of "asshole-ness."

Making everything about you

Everyone goes through tough times or phases. Perhaps you're going through a bad breakup or have insecurities about yourself and your talents.

When you're involved in a group discussion with y...

Being passive-aggressive

Passive aggressiveness involves giving backhanded compliments, ignoring a co-worker, or purposefully excluding someone.

Passive-aggressive behavior is a coping or defense mechanism. Toxic employees use this outlet when they feel threatened, jealous, or insecure.

Physical exercise can release anger. Fit in exercise before work. Also, take walks every few hours to get away from the computer screen.

Jealous of others' success

Jealousy is a common trait that can turn toxic at work. You might express jealousy upfront or through passive-aggressive behaviors.

At the heart of jealousy lies insecurity. To overcome this, stop comparing yourself with others. Instead, keep focused on your own goals. Obsessing about other people's achievements can distract you from your own successes.

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The spirit of inquiry

Amazing leaders are not interested in winning for their own ego. They understand that finding the truth benefits the whole team so everyone can win. 

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Don't assume anything 

Without a face or a voice to convey emotion, written text can easily be misconstrued as being terse, sarcastic, snarky, or even mean. 

Always assume you don’t know the tone of any written communication you receive and openly inquire as to the emotions of your debate partner.

Stating the desired outcome

Many people enter into a debate ready to battle with only one side knowing the rules and purpose of engagement. 

Before beginning any debate or argument, discuss with the other party a purposeful outcome and define clear rules of engagement.