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How to avoid demotivating your employees

by , 06 November 2013
You'll never get the best out of your employees if they're demotivated. And it could end up costing your company a fortune. Make sure you do the following seven things to avoid demotivating your employees.

According to nfib.com, a survey from Harvard Management Update showed that in 85% of companies, employees' morale significantly drops after their first six months on the job.

The small business website adds that for the most part, enthusiasm is determined by work environment and it can be fostered or hindered by you – the boss.

So how do you keep employee motivated?

'The best way to keep employee enthusiasm moving forward is to first, do no harm. At a minimum, don't do anything that demotivates your workers.' says nfib.com.

Make sure you do the following seven things to avoid demotivating your employees

The Practical Guide to Human Resource Management outlines seven common things that companies do that demotivates your employees:

  1. Ensure your employee understands what you've instructed him to do. Your level of understanding might be completely different to his. Ask him to repeat back your instructions to be sure he understands.
  2. Don't subtly (and sometimes through body language) create a closed door, even though you say you have an open-door policy.
  3. Induct your employee properly.
  4. Communicate your expectations clearly.
  5. Have self-confidence. You can't expect your employee to, if you don't.
  6. Don't set your employee up to fail. Don't label poor performers and verbalise your feelings, he could make it a self-fulfilling prophecy.
  7. Be approachable and share information with your employees.

Remember, demotivated employees aren't productive. So make sure you do the above mentioned things to avoid demotivating your employees.

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