How to Avoid Employee Motivation Busters

Don't demotivate your employees! Everyone seems to have an idea about how to motivate employees. But these things never work to motivate employees and almost always, in fact, demotivate:

  • Never personally attack someone. By all means, you should give constructive criticism. Feedback is important. But you should criticize only the behavior, not the person.

  • Never embarrass an employee. Self-esteem is critical to motivation. When you do have to provide criticism, do so in private. It doesn’t help for others to overhear your words; it only makes the situation worse.

  • Don’t govern by fear. If you run your department in a finger-pointing way, your best employees won’t stay for long. And you’re certainly not fostering open communication and teamwork, which are key motivating elements.

  • Don’t shoulder all the responsibility. Let your employees take responsibility for their positions. Not only can you make your life easier, but you’re also helping your employees feel valued and respected.

  • Don’t overwork your employees. Plan for peak work periods and take advantage of temporary staffing opportunities. Hire top-performing temporary professionals. Whatever you do, don’t overload your employees for long stretches of time. You’re giving them an invitation to find an employer who can provide a bit of balance.

Hopefully, you were patting yourself on the back while you read this list because you’re already avoiding these demotivation techniques!

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