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How Employee Motivation Drives Company Success

Updated: Jan 27, 2023



Have you ever gotten the " Sunday Scaries"? Where the thought of knowing the weekend is over causes you major anxiety?

You could be suffering from lack of motivation at your job.







According to research there is an apparent connection between abusive supervision and exhaustion in managers. It is important for companies to know how a cautious leader that is emotionally exhausted can lead to abusive supervision. It is also important for companies to know how "sweeping these issues under the rug" can negatively affect the employees' performance as well and the company over-all.


Because the effects of stress on managers and employees can cause plenty of negative results on their quality of life and the company's success, managers must receive stress management training, so it does not lead to emotional exhaustion.

As a result, workplaces can identify the signs of emotional exhaustion and prevent managers from demonstrating signs of abusive supervision.


Research explains that low team performance can be one of the triggers that causes high-stress levels managers. For Highly prevention-focused managers (Managers who focus more on stress than motivation), high-stress situations like low performance numbers, can result in a higher probability of negatively impacting how they treat their employees. These situations can result in abusive behaviors like micromanagement, belittling and socially undermining the employee.

On the other hand, I can agree that companies must acquire the necessary tools to assess when their employees or managers show early signs of stress and burnout in order to prevent conflicts and avoid a toxic work environment.






Studies indicate that employees with higher self-values and trust in management can react much more volatile when undermined by their manager. These employees tend to have explosive negative reactions that result in loss of motivation up to the point of leaving the company.


Research suggests why these abusive behaviors affect some employees more than others, by using the self-verification theory to predict when employees would have harsher reactions when undermined. These significant reactions mean that people will try to validate their self-perceptions when perceived the opposite way, it could cause strong negative feelings about oneself and affect their self-worth. This means, that employees who perceives themselves as a high-quality worker, trust that the company will agree with them. As a result, the employee will try to prove how valuable they are when management tries to belittle them and make them feel they are not valuable to the company.


Companies usually look for employees with higher self-perceptions and trust in their organization but must understand that in order to retain and motivate these types of employees, they must also focus on creating a positive and healthy workplace environment for continual success.



When employees feel undermined by their superior, it affects the employee's morale at work. This means that it negatively affects their motivation to continue being a high-quality performer because the employee believes that no matter what they do, they will never be rewarded or recognized for their hard work and loyalty.



Studies have shown that the company's performance directly impacts the motivation of its employees. It is also important to note how the Human Resource management department is a crucial driving factor in employee motivation. Human Resources departments must focus on their employees' well-being as a collective goal and address each employee needs for company success.

Motivated employees feel a sense of empowerment in their role. Motivation will drive the employee to take the initiative in making decisions, deliver higher quality work and be creative to create better solutions for the company.


Some of the early stages of lack of motivation, include attitude changes towards colleagues, increased absence, desire to do the bare minimum, and changes in punctuality. A sign that an employee could be experiencing stress and burnout, could be a shortage of employees in the organization. One of the many examples or reasons an organization could be experiencing an employee shortage can be because its employees could have high stress levels due to poor management or overworked staff. On the other hand, unmotivated employees can be perceived as having low productivity lack of focus, and commitment to the company.


A solution to this problem is that, instead of penalizing employees for low performance, companies need to invest in the employee and acquire resources to have the employee feel more comfortable in the workplace. Research shows that having the company concentrate on the well-being of their employees will lead to a better relationship of both parties that will create a better space of communication and trust.

Motivated employees have higher levels of responsibility and creativity; they also feel empowered to provide feedback to improve systems in the company and take leadership roles to help their peers and create a better work and collaborative environment.



In conclusion, employee motivation is crucial for the retention and productivity of the employee and the company's success. Many companies believe that monetary gain is the only motivation that employees look for in a role and tend to look over individual employee needs. It is essential to understand that people are motivated by how safe they feel in their role, economically, mentally, and emotionally. Employees need to feel fulfilled and inspired to go above and beyond for the company.






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