10 Ways to Demoralize Your Employees
Ways to Demoralize Employees
So, you want to ruin your business!?
Morale is important to any organization or business. This article lists 10 ways to demoralize your employees and ruin your team's efforts. Why motivate your employees? These are foolproof, time-tested strategies to reduce staff morale and run your otherwise thriving enterprise into the ground!
1. Pay New Employees More Than Old Ones
Pay new employees with little or no experience more money than experienced staff. This is a good one. When your employees find out—and they will—they will get angry. Morale will really drop. Your current employees will be the ones that will be required to train them. So, when they find out the new employee makes 50 cents, a dollar, hundreds, maybe thousands more, resentment will surface in the older employees and affect the new employee, too. A bonus result will be that it will affect the cohesion of your staff and further decrease morale!
2. Pretend Nothing's Wrong
Never discuss perceived problems with your employees. Listen to hearsay and third party reports about them.
Make decisions based on the situation without any discussion with the employees involved. Morale will plummet when the staff gets wind of it.
3. Make Arbitrary Decisions
Make arbitrary decisions on issues and change the decisions arbitrarily over time. This keeps the bar moving! Disregard company policies and make new ones. Never issue a memo about the change. This will keep workers on edge and they will worry about whether or not they are violating an invisible policy. Changing company policy with no warning and never put it in writing is an effective strategy for reducing company morale.
4. Issue Memos That Make the Job Harder
Instead of dealing with the offending workers, issue memos that burden all employees. Let the employee that caused a problem off the hook. Make the jobs of compliant workers harder by adding more work or steps to complete the job.
Even better, make the faithful employees do the work of the offending worker! This will anger and confuse employees about violations of policy. The resulting consequences of such actions will be unclear. Inconsistent enforcement of company policy will really demoralize your employees!
5. Keep a Tally of Offenses
Keep a running tally of offenses against employees and punish them for every infraction. Do this by spreading ill-will by speaking condescendingly to them in public. Never let the employees that you feel aren't up to snuff know it. Always communicate with superior and judgmental tones and attitudes toward your staff. Send out harsh, condescending emails to staff that displease you. Morale will fall exponentially.
6. Ignore Employees
Ignore employees in social situations and then, ignore them when you see them at work. Pretend you never saw them in that bar and still don’t see them in the office. This will really bother them and affect other staff when the one you ignored tell the other employees of your actions.
7. Micromanage Everyone
Try to control and micromanage middle level supervisory staff and employees. Never let supervisors make decisions. Always second guess them. Continuously monitor their actions and whereabouts. Let them know that no decision they make is ever final. Reserve the right to override all they do.This will impact morale negatively when the other employees see this is happening. If they see that supervisors are insecure in their job this will also make them feel insecure while on duty.
8. Ignore Suggestions
Ignore staff suggestions to improve work conditions. Scoff at any suggestion that they know more about the job than you do. Better yet, set up a panel to gather information to make improvements and then reject them out of hand. Communicate that any changes will be made only by you and that employees' opinions are worthless.
9. Fail to Make Repairs
Fail to repair facility shortcomings such as leaking faucets, running toilets, broken steps, etc. This will demoralize staff every time they have to clean up drips and shake toilet handles to stop them from running. Let the staff try to talk over exhaust fans that roar and don’t do the job anyway. Every time they trip on that broken step or step in the hole in the sidewalk, they will feel that what they do isn't important. Morale again will take a nice hit!
10. Fail to Enforce Mandatory Meetings
Call for mandatory training classes with only a few days notice. This will make cause employees to make or change plans. Also, arbitrarily enforce the mandatory part of attendance. The staff that makes sacrifices to be there will see that others are absent. This will demoralize them. The effect will double when the staff that missed the meeting informs the rest of the staff that he was never even called about the absence by management. Remember, mandatory meetings are only mandatory for those that attend!
Would your company benefit from improved staff morale?
Clearly, I am not advocating this demoralizing behavior to any manager or business operation. These 10 ways to demoralize your employees are meant to poke fun at ill-conceived policies and behaviors rampant in some organizations. I have written this with tongue-in-cheek.
Staff morale is the lifeblood of any enterprise. My hope is that you would take the time to evaluate your business or organization to see if any of the behaviors and practices are lurking in your office. Why motivate your employees? Your employees will thank you and reward you with better service and increased productivity.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.