Researchers are wrong. They say happy employees are more productive, a motivated workforce will provide better customer service, costs will go down when employees are treated with appreciation and respect. Yada, yada, yada.
If this were true, why would so many companies do just the opposite? Why would so many companies fail to follow these simple guidelines? Why would so many employees feel demotivated?
The answer’s obvious. Companies know what they’re doing – the research is wrong.
If you’re one of those gullible companies who purports to treat your employees well, this article is for you. If you’re already on the cutting edge, you might learn new tactics you haven’t yet employed.
So how do you achieve and maintain a demotivated workforce? Try one of the following five tips. Or, better yet, try them all. There’s no such thing as too-low morale.
1. Remove opportunities for growth
Never promote from within. Hire outsiders. Go for fresh graduates with no experience. You can mold them anyway you want.
Make your position clear: anyone who works for the company isn’t talented. If they were, they would work elsewhere.
2. Don’t reward high performers
When someone makes a significant contribution don’t recognize them. If they save $1M, thank them at a company-wide event and pronounce their name wrong.
Don’t pay for performance, only give cost of living increases but be sure the employee medical contribution increases at the same time so the net result is a pay decrease.
3. Create an uncertain work environment
Don’t talk to your employees. Don’t be clear about responsibilities, expectations, or roles. Employees will do more if they have to guess what you want.
When an employee attempts to talk to you about work, make the discussion all about you. If they’re confused every time they leave your office, they’ll stop bothering you. That means more time spent on work.
4. Dress code
Implement a business dress code. Employees will be uncomfortable in suits and will incur increased dry cleaning expenses. This is a sure-fire way to improve dissatisfaction.
If your employees can’t afford new clothes, direct them to local thrift stores.
5. Don’t address poor performers
Poor performers are the best. They will do your work for you by demoralizing everyone around them. Your job will be much easier when you’re surrounded by poor performers. Your bottom line may not be as high, but by comparison you’ll look like gold.
If you treat your employees in ways outlined in this list, you too can compete with some of the most prominent companies.
Remember: a demoralized workforce equals a productive workforce.