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
Disclaimer: Bad Boss posts are meant to be humorous, and should not be taken seriously.
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