5 ways to kill employee engagement

How to ensure your employees disengage: Equip your workplace with oppressive bosses, toxic employees and work practices that undermine ethics.

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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.

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