There are thousands of parodies on TV and in movies about work places that are horrible. The Dilbert comic strip has been running for 23 years, all around a workplace that is less than motivating. They tend to be very successful because they are sadly all too relatable to far too many people. It isn’t the job that is horrible in most cases; instead it is the management team or management structure that manages to kill employee morale.
Inc. recently posted this article: 5 employee moral killers.
1. Create competitions in which one employee will be promoted and the other won’t.
2. Be blind to your employees’ goals, dreams, and job satisfaction.
3. Hold someone back because he does his job well.
4. Reward just the squeaky wheels.
5. Assume an employee doesn’t understand the bigger picture.
I have experienced all except #1 and would whole-heartedly agree with the list. Obviously, though, the list is not complete. What would you add to this list?
More importantly, how can you (as a manager) overcome these morale killers and make your team actually want to come to work?