How to Successfully Kill Your Employees’ Motivation

Employee engagement is an ongoing challenge for most employers. As the leader of a business, it’s your responsibility to ensure every employee is happy and engaged at work. However, it’s not always easy to accomplish this goal.

In a recent Inc. article written by Lolly Daskal (opens in new window), president and CEO of Lead From Within, she explained why it’s important to provide employees with a work environment where they can grow and thrive. She also highlighted some different ways an employer can damage employee engagement:

1. No professional development

Most employees want the opportunity to learn and grow within their position. If you don’t provide them with professional development, they’ll eventually be motivated to find a new job. Give employees the tools they need to accomplish their goals and show them you care about their success. Offering professional development opportunities such lunch and learns, workshops and skills training can boost employee morale.

2. Poor communication

When a workplace lacks clear communication, it’s difficult for every employee to be on the same page. To avoid this problem, establish a clear flow of communication that’s easy for everyone to follow. Make sure the right people are included in important conversations and that employees feel comfortable voicing their opinions to leadership.

3. Lack of appreciation

When hard work goes unnoticed, employees can quickly become apathetic towards their jobs. Make an effort to recognize employees for their accomplishments and offer rewards when deserved. Whether it’s a simple “thank you” or a performance bonus, employee appreciation can go a long way.

4. Bad leadership

Poor management is toxic for a successful workplace. Employees must be led by managers who provide a clear vision, value transparency and can offer inspiration. Once you’re able to identify the bad managers in your organization, it’ll be easier to take action and develop better leaders.

5. Breaking promises

One of the key factors of a successful workplace is building trust with employees. The moment trust is broken, it can be very difficult to gain it back. Focus on being more intentional and committing to promises.

6. Micromanaging

Micromanaging can instantly kill employee productivity. Although it’s tempting to be involved with every project, remind yourself that you’ve hired talented people for a reason. Trust that your employees will hold themselves accountable for results.

7. Setting unrealistic goals

While it’s great to expect outstanding results from your employees, unrealistic goals can negatively impact their motivation. Every goal created in the workplace must be achievable, timely and manageable. As you set expectations for your team, think about their strengths and weaknesses, and how these qualities contribute to success.


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