Employee Motivation Time Bombs

by Mike O'Neill

Seems that everyone is talking about employee engagement nowadays.  Companies that don’t demonstrate that they care about their workforce are at risk of losing touch and losing business as savvier, more forward-thinking competitors take the lead.

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 time bombs:


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. Let them find a new home – or, it that’s not possible, make sure policies & supervision are in place to minimize their damage.


Everyone needs to know that they are learning & growing. Without that, the workplace grows static & dull. Professional Development lets your employees know that you and the organization are invested in their success.


A clearly communicated vision sets direction and lets people know where to focus. Without it, even the best employees are less effective if they don’t understand the big picture.


If you have the kind of workplace where meetings are called for no reason and emails are sent to everyone with irrelevant information, it’s likely that your employees are deeply frustrated. Show employees that you value them by showing them you value their time.


When communication is poor, people spend half their time second-guessing what they’re doing, critical tasks are missed and nonessential jobs are duplicated, information is locked into silos and destructive rumors thrive. A clear flow of communication benefits everyone.


If you can remember being in a situation where your ideas & input weren’t valued or even heard, where it was “keep quiet and do what I say”, you know how hard it is to do anything more than a grudging minimum.

LACK OF APPRECIATIONWhen hard work or extraordinary results go unrecognized, when even everyday thanks are unexpressed, employees grow uninspired and apathetic. You can reward your employees without spending a dime; it can be as simple as saying “Thank You”.
BAD LEADERSHIPBad leaders harm every member of their team and their organization. Even the best employees need effective leadership to excel. Start with developing your own leadership, hire and grow the best leaders at every level. It’s the best thing you can do to improve your workplace for everyone.
If you recognize any of these deadly killers in your workplace, it’s up to you to do everything in your power to become part of the solution. Remember, great employees do not stay long in bad workplaces.
Source: 8 Deadly Ways to Kill Employee MotivationInc. Magazine, Lolly Daskal.


Toxic people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they have on those around them,

and others seem to derive satisfaction from creating chaos and pushing other people’s buttons.

– Dr. Travis Bradberry

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