We talk a lot about how to increase employee engagement, but what about the things that immediately destroy morale, enthusiasm, and integrity?
Sure, you can create career development for your employees and communicate a company vision, but those will go for naught if any of these toxic workplace elements exist:
1. An oppressive boss
Years ago I was a volunteer.
I was thrilled to do meaningful, challenging work in an organization where I felt connected. I thought nothing could bring me down.
About halfway through my time there, though, I started reporting to a demeaning boss. He questioned every detail of my work, and no matter how much success I achieved or effort I put in, I was never good enough.
I went through the motions, but had lost all passion for the work. My heart and spirit weren’t in it.
Luckily, I got a new boss after a few months, and quickly felt the difference. The new boss created an environment of trust, growth and meaning. I felt engaged again.
2. A toxic co-worker
The “one bad apple” idea.