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5 Things That Destroy Employees’ Passion in the Workplace

Does it feel like your employees are dragging their feet to work and dread facing the office? Does just thinking about work create this sudden overwhelming lack of motivation amongst your talent?

You are not alone! A Qualtrics report found that 49% of Singaporeans are dissatisfied with their current jobs… so what exactly is killing this passion for work?

Today we try to understand the top 5 passion killers in the workplace, allowing you, the employer, to make necessary adjustments to ensure your employees do not spiral down the passion pitfalls!

1. Bad Management

“Employees don’t leave companies, they leave managers.”

According to an AsiaOne article, many Singaporeans cite “bad bosses” as a main reason for leaving their job.

From making solo decisions to one-way communication, being downright disrespectful and micromanaging every single move; bad management comes in many forms. Your employees need a leader and not someone who bosses them around.

Read Also: 10 Signs That You Have a Bad Boss and How to Handle it #LikeABoss

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2. Lack of Purpose

“When you do something with purpose, you do it with determination.” And that is something that every employer wants to see in their workplace. Drive, dedication, and conviction.

But if employees are not aware or kept in the loop of the big picture, they may not see the true value in what they do.

A LinkedIn report showed that connecting employees with purpose brings measurable business impact (aka PROFIT).

Employees who do not receive meaningful feedback from leaders will start to lose purpose; remind them how important they are, and make them feel like a crucial part of the team with the work that they do.

3. Workplace Politics

Office Politics; it exists in everywhere. Just take a peek at this article by, and you’ll feel like you’re thrown straight back into the SG Office politics zone!

Toxicity, cliques, rumors and (the worst!) losing good talent because of it.

When a leader ignores office politics and allows it to fester, the environment for its workers can be overwhelmingly poisonous and altogether disastrous for the company.

Instead, build a workplace that is more focused on achieving organisational goals and strong teamwork driven success, instead of the “he said she said” foolishness.

4. Playing Favourites

From a Teacher’s Pet to a Boss’s Favourite; liked and adored by one, disliked by many.

Lynn Taylor, the author of Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job, says, “There’s a fine line between bosses who appreciate an employee’s good work and bosses who favour that employee to the detriment of others.”

This may result in a lack of motivation to do well in their work and ultimately affects camaraderie within the team, which is something to be avoided at all costs!

Read Also: 5 Difficult Boss Personalities and How to Deal With Them

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5. Naming and Shaming

No one likes to look bad and no one certainly enjoys being embarrassed, especially in front of people whom they see and work alongside every single day.

Calling your employees out for their mistakes puts them in a truly tight spot, especially in the presence of other employees.

Employers who engage in public embarrassment often end up with employees who are scornful and resent the office environment.

Carry all grievances into a private room, and settle it without any drama.

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