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The Demotivating Boss

How to Be a Demotivating Boss

Many organizations shower appreciation towards their staff by giving them a reward, with the hope of keeping them motivated and working harder. But, it often backfires, sometimes leading to a lack of morale and lowered productivity.

Some of the best employees often develop the mental attitude that leads them to believe that the manager’s help is not needed.

So as a boss looking to have complete authority and control, you need to demotivate your staff and make them feel of no value to the company. What are the characteristics of a demotivating boss and how do you implement them? Continue below…

Make promises and Don’t Fulfill Them

When a boss makes a promise that is not fulfilled, that can definitely cause employees to feel demotivated. One way to accomplish this is to promise your staff a bonus that won’t be paid to them. Or, you could suggest to your workers that you will host a party to honor them for their hard work, but then back out and order some snacks for the celebration instead. This will surely make them feel cheated.

Be a Threat to The Staff

Next, you should implement a rigid approach towards your staff by striking fear into their hearts. Always threaten your staff with penalties that will force them to work harder.  Examples of penalties could include: withdrawal of benefits, cancelling of vacations, criticism, demotion, blame, etc. Any of these items will lead to a frustrated staff but they might work harder to avoid your wrath going forward.

Don’t allow them to do things without your approval

Avoid giving your staff the freedom to do their job in different ways. Adopt the mentality, “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it” or “We’ve done it this way for years so we’re not going to change it now”. Rather than listening to your employees ideas for improvement, ask them to do things according to your rules. Outline their daily tasks with a to-do list of things that need to be done, the only ways to do those tasks, and the required amount of time to accomplish those tasks. Always make sure they do things with your approval.

This is an important part of your quality as a demotivating boss because, in your mind, it will definitely ensure that the employees always need your help.

Always keep an eye on them

Watch every move of your employees by having regular meetings to keep up with their performance. Get them to submit daily and weekly project list that will help you have a full knowledge of what has been done by the staffs. Where this might be a normal task of a typical manager, where you will take this to another notch, as the demotivating boss, keeping a watchful eye also means that you will pop up at any minute behind their shoulders and literally watch them work.

The above tips will help the staff to step up their performance as no employees like to be kept under a watchful eye.

Deny them support and guidance

Turn a blind eye to your employee’s problem by allowing it to grow. Don’t even admit to the existence of their problems. With this, your staff will feel betrayed and demotivated. If an employee comes to your office with a personal problem, tell them to get back to work. They are wasting yours and the company’s time. Is their computer equipment or telephone system outdated, slow, or experiencing glitches? That’s not in your budget so ask them to continue working and stop complaining.

Treat all the staffs equally

By giving equal treatment to the staff, you are pointing out to the hard-working employees that their performance is not worth more than the under performing staff. With this attitude, your top performers will become demotivated and fall at the level of the other employees.

The motive behind your behavior is because you fear that your superiors will take notice of these high performing individuals and seek to replace you. Your hopes is that they will fall in line with the other mediocre performers, and if not, at least the high performers will be so demotivated that they will leave the organization.

Finally, What Happens to your Staff when you are a Demotivating Boss?

By implementing the above tips, you will have a demoralized, full of grievance, and demotivated staff. The employees will have lost trust in you, as well as the organization that they work for. They will question their every move, feel confused, and hopeless, which will definitely show down progress. If you hear some mumbling among the employees, it’s surely to be about their fear of questioning you about anything.

Without support for their problems or equipment nothing will be brought to your attention or resolved, because from past experiences, you’ve done nothing to help. High performers will be the first to leave the organization, and in a short period of time, perhaps all the staff will have left to seek better opportunities.

10 Ways Your Boss Kills Employee Motivation and Engagement

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Working for a Bad Boss? Motivate Yourself at Work

Working for a Bad Boss? Motivate Yourself at Work

Working for a Bad Boss? Motivate Yourself at Work

Let’s face the reality. Many people are engaged with their dream job but their bosses aren’t inspiring.

Lack of motivation from your boss can lead to physical discomfort and depression. Although, your boss has more influence on how you engage yourself at work. However, you can still be in the driver’s seat so as to have a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment.

So, if your boss is not giving you the motivation, you deserve, below are few and simple strategies you can implement that allows you to make positive progress in your every day life while working for an uninspiring boss.

Determine your goals

Having a target goal is very important for your personal development. Develop a career plan that will help you keep tab on your project and goals. Although, some of the goals might be related to your present job, while others may be aimed towards educating yourself on area of interests different from your job demands. Also, avoid setting a bigger goal as it could be counter productive. Instead, break the bigger goal into smaller goals and take one step at a time so you can celebrate your achievement per each step on your way up.

Remind yourself what you like about the job

It’s been a while that you are with your current job. You might have forgotten what attracts you to the job in the first place. So, always remind yourself about what you like about the job. Why did you apply for it? What are the satisfactions that you derive from the job?

You can also consider the things you dislike about the job. Is it your colleague at work? Perhaps, you feel like you aren’t making any progress, or the job demands too many responsibilities? Try and find ways to make changes. Maybe you will perform excellently with another team, or you want a different role. Perhaps, your fellow workers are not as bad as you perceived. Or you want to be promoted? Let your boss know you deserve it by delivering excellent performances, dishing out ideas that will make your company exceed its competitors and get more customers.

Understand what keeps you going

If your boss doesn’t appreciate or motivate you, then it’s important to find out what keeps you going as a person and professional. Is it your love for the work? Or does the desire to receive recognition motivate you? Ask yourself, what was the last time you felt purposeful and motivated at work? So, then you will understand the conditions that make you flourish and implement them.

Assess your performances and ask for people’s feedback

One of the way’s bad bosses hinders motivation is by not giving adequate feedback. Although, most managers are ready to give feedback when asked. You can request for feedback by asking questions like, “What is your thought about the meeting we just had?”, “Is there anything you will want me to do in a different way next time?” You can also give a critical look into your work by asking yourself questions that you would ask others when evaluating their work.

Keep on learning

Make sure you set out a time to read daily. Read for a minimum of one hour in the morning before others wake up. You can start with 20 minutes a day, so as not to be overwhelmed, and do it for a month. Know that reading and learning is the quickest way to success. This will make it easy, full of fun, and rewarding as it would create motivation and success for you.

Finally

Many times, there is lack of motivation at work, but by implementing the above motivational strategies, you can begin each day with a feeling of excitement and desire to forge a great career regardless of your uninspiring boss.

The Unmotivated Employee

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Being Darth Vader at Work ain’t Easy

Being Darth Vader at Work ain’t Easy…


The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has diagnosed Darth Vader with a Borderline Personality Disorder. So, if you want to be a boss, who is perceived as Darth Vader, what does that mean for you?

Be UNSTABLE and IMPULSIVE… To become a Darth Vader boss, you must adopt the mentality of an unstable and impulsive teenager. Just like Darth Vader ordered his men to “tear the ship apart”, you might yell at your staff to start the project all over!! This is NOT what YOU had in mind!!! You should not tolerate any mistakes by your staff so that no errors are made.

Be ANGRY… Any bad news, or set backs, will be responded to with severe punishment, like yelling at your staff in front of a large meeting, or public firings.  Fly off the chain at every little thing that may make you angry. The point here is to make an individual employee feel small and stupid for their error so that everyone will see them as an example of what not to do.

Be FEARFUL and STRONG… The result of your behavior will cultivate FEAR in the office that will, in turn, control everyone.  No one should be making decisions on their own! Make your people ask you before they do ANYTHING! You are the boss, the project manager, and the ultimate decider. The buck stops here! Show your STRENGTH with intensity. If something happens to go well, it was definitely your idea.

Be EMOTIONALLY UNAVAILABLE… As a Darth Vader boss, nearly everyone in the office should know that you have an estranged relationship with your family and spouse. You are possibly feeling abandoned because they don’t agree at how you’ve turned out. Maybe you work too many hours and are focused more on work than building personal relationships. Vader also had an unstable viewpoint of his Jedi masters. So, you will have a shaky relationship with your superiors and/or mentors at work too.

Be SECRETIVE and MYSTERIOUS… Keep your identity secret from everyone. Your outer appearance should be of strength and power! However, deep down you have a tender heart and are just trying to overcome some very personal losses. Darth Vader had lost his mother, and later his wife. Regardless of what you have lost, you are depressed. Therefore, you’re afraid to be found out. So this will only intensify your need to conceal your identity.

In the end, you will find yourself as an unstable, intense, estranged, angry, and secretive Darth Vader boss. You will be perceived as the meanest, most intimidating, and mysterious boss EVER!

Don’t Act Like Darth Vader!

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Entire Staff Quits in Middle of Back to School over Treatment by Bad Boss

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Entire Staff Quits in Middle of Back to School over Treatment by Bad Boss

Source: http://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/1lfbbi/people_at_a_store_at_my_mall_got_fed_up_with_the/
Source: http://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/1lfbbi/people_at_a_store_at_my_mall_got_fed_up_with_the/

Note by entire staff is placed on the closed shop entrance expressing their concerns that humanity seems to be in short supply with this bad boss (the District Manager):

“Dear Jamie,

Since you decided to say “cancer is not an excuse” and think it’s ok to swear at your employees like you do ALL the time… WE QUIT. *THIS is why you can’t keep a store manager longer than a year. YOU ABUSE your roll AND staff. ENJOY the fact that you lost a store manager, co-manager, and key holder in the middle of Back to School. THINK next time you treat people the way you do.

WE AREN’T ALLOWING IT ANYMORE.

Niki, Jess, TJ”

According to a first hand account, there were two stores involved in this dispute, both with employees dealing with issues about cancer (either by family or personally). At the first store, in another local mall, the District Manager set a rule that all the managers and co-managers had to work open to close all week. They would get one day off, which the District Managers got to choose. One manager at the other store had cancer and her chemo treatment appointments were set up ahead of time; but her 40 hours for that week were already set. The District Manager told her to change her hours but, given that her appointments were set, she couldn’t change her schedule.

This is when the District Manager responded “cancer isn’t an excuse”. At the second store (this particular one above), one manager received the same call about hours and an employee whose mom has cancer had the same problem. She needed the time off to driver her mom to chemo appointments but when requesting the time off, she received the same answer that the manager at the other store experienced, “cancer isn’t an excuse”.

The employees were fed up with being treated like this so the managers, co-managers, and key holders at both stores just quit right on the spot. There’s obviously more details to the story, but apparently the issue with cancer and missing chemo treatments was enough to set this group off.

Source: http://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/1lfbbi/people_at_a_store_at_my_mall_got_fed_up_with_the/

It got REAL when they decided to use different colored markers. This is why you should respect your employees. What do you think about this? Leave your comments below.

Employee Quits Her Job Worst Way Possible – Her Boss Responds Way Worse

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