It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.

~ Charles Spurgeon ~

Demotivators at Work

April 22nd, 2012 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 54 secs

What are your big demotivators at work?

How often do you encounters demotivators at work or study? (I know “demotivator” isn’t proper English, but its popularity makes it worthy of a work out.). If you said “often” to feeling workplace discouragement, then it can be helpful to constructively explore the cause.

One of the most familiar demotivators at work is, of course, an angry boss. He or she can inflame situations by threatening staff, and causing considerable suffering with unnecessary expectations. Like most, I’ve had my share as well, with two of the wackiest being:

  • A cigar-smoking woman with a cockney accent who delighted in criticizing employees to tears as well as plotting behind people’s back.
  • A mean-spirited man who secretly bugged the workplace with microphones in the ceiling. Besides regularly ripping off trusting friends he regularly shouted down his elderly father and young son in the showroom.

Both bosses achieved an alarming rate of staff turnover by creating a climate of distrust and threat.

But bosses aren’t the only people who can be demotivators at work. Co-workers can create misery through sniping, backstabbing, and sabotaging, leaving everyone (including bosses) stressed and harassed. I’m sure it’s no surprise to you that the primary workplace stressors in almost all occupations are relationship based. Yet, remarkably, the area remains barely addressed.

Why are social demotivators tolerated? Because they are so hard to pin down. Like school-related abuse, workplace bullying is a common problem that’s difficult to eliminate. Everyone might agree in principle. But bullying behavior pops up out of nowhere and disappears the same way. In a word, a conversation, or an action. Like other forms of harassment, bullying rarely presents publically. So people in higher authority find it tremendously difficult to deal with.

Other demotivators at work frequently include inhumane time and performance pressures. So take note if you find yourself waking at night worrying about these reasons as it’s typically a red flag. If you can, consider not just how to address the immediate problem, but also how to address any long-term causes too.

Of course, even the best of jobs have their share of demotivators undermining job satisfaction. That’s to be expected. The key is to find creative ways of coping and overcoming these obstacles, to counter their negativity and, somehow, empower you. Even if you are the only one experiencing these difficulties, make it your business to find better ways. Writing about your situation in a personal journal, for example, is a powerful way of crystallizing your thinking. Likewise, talking through your troubles with a wise and trusted friend helps. True, demotivators at work aren’t always solvable. But aiming to consciously work around situations can certainly help to preserve your sanity.








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