3 Ways Companies Kill Employee Motivation

3 Ways Companies Kill Employee Motivation

The goal of any manager is to help both their employees and their company meet goals and succeed. No one likes to increase their chances of failure or the potential of limiting their employees’ success. However, you would be surprised how often this happens. Whether it’s the attitude that is portrayed or office policies, there are many factors that could be killing motivation.

1. Lack of Focus on the Mission Statement

One of the easiest and most often looked over aspects of office morale is the company mission statement. It should be more than just something printed on the employee handbook. If you live and breathe the mission statement, it can motivate your employee to adopt the same mission. When everyone is on the same page, it’s easy to lift each other up and work towards that common goal. Having an inspired leader who makes work have a purpose can do wonders for the confidence of the team.

2. Not Fostering Creativity

Another way that managers can squash motivation is by having an “I know best” policy. Having work done on a “because I said so” basis can kill creativity. No company can survive doing what they have always done. It is important to nurture an atmosphere that allows everyone to share ideas and feel capable of making decisions. By empowering employees and allowing them the think outside of the box, you may be able to fix a problem you didn’t know was there. Your staff needs your guidance and support - not your answers.

3. Impossible Deadlines

A sense of urgency is common in all facets of business but when speed becomes a priority, the team’s motivation takes a tumble. By enforcing that the quicker that work gets done the better, you are stifling the ability of anyone to think outside of the box, develop new ideas, or think strategically. Although work needs to be done in a timely manner, it is better to prioritize on what will matter a week, a month, or a year down the line. Long term improvement is going to be more desirable than the instant satisfaction of forced importance.

At the end of the day, no manager walks into work hoping to stifle the motivation and creativity of their team. Sometimes it’s done without realizing it, while other times it’s a bad habit that gets developed. It is important that any leader recognize that they might be diminishing motivation instead of fostering a creative and driven atmosphere.