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Our experts reveal two management mistakes that demotivate employees

by , 19 June 2014
Experts behind the Practical Guide to Human Resources Management say management often makes mistakes that demotivate employees.

The danger here is that you'll never get the best out of your employees if they're demotivated and this will end up costing you a fortune.

To avoid falling into this trap, continue reading to discover two management mistakes that demotivate employees.

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Avoid these two management mistakes – they demotivate employees

Mistake #1: Don't use 'carrot-dangling'

Carrot-dangling is the promise of a reward that you never deliver. It's a short-term solution and won't work on a long-term basis, say the experts behind the Practical Guide to Human Resources Management.

The danger with using 'carrot-dangling' is that next time you try it, your employees won't be caught that easily and will eventually stop trying.

This means you'll always be looking for new 'carrots' and new methods of motivating your employees. It's also unrealistic.

If you're guilty of 'carrot-dangling', focus on instilling job-satisfaction in your employees for doing a job well.

Mistake #2: Forgetting to thank your staff

The most common demotivator is not thanking your team for good work they've done. So don't talk to your employees only when things go wrong – give simple praise for a job well done.

Remember, a good reward is often not money, but simply praise.

In fact, Eric Jackson writes on Forbes.com that thanking your staff is the cheapest bonus you'll ever pay.

Remember this rule so you can avoid demotivating your employees.


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Don't do anything that demotivates your employees

In this article, experts behind the Labour & HR Club explain that: 'Enthusiasm is determined by the work environment and it can be fostered or hindered by you - the boss. The best way to keep employee enthusiasm moving forward is to first do no harm. And at a minimum, don't do anything that demotivates your workers.'

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