You Can't Raise Their Motivation Higher than Your Own

This chapter focuses on factors that can sabotage your efforts to boost employee motivation. Control is certainly an important example, and when employees feel like they lack personal control over their work and work environment, they lose motivation and their performances suffer. But there are other factors that can also spoil employee attitudes and block the success of your motivational management initiatives. A common one is low personal motivation. If you are not feeling very good about your own work, it is going to be hard to get other people motivated.


Imagine that you supervise Joan, the employee we've discussed throughout this book. It's been a busy week, and you have ...

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