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5 Surefire Ways to Demotivate Your Workers

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Have you ever noticed volunteer enthusiasm starts out high and often drifts downhill? Why? Are you doing something that is taking the air out of your workers?

In children’s ministry you live or die with the faithfulness and quality of your team. If they are motivated, things go fairly well. If they are demotivated, things don’t go so well.

Ask yourself if you are doing any of these things.

1. Getting easily frustrated when something/anything doesn’t work out the way you want.

Never show your frustration to those below you. They will play off of your attitude; so make sure it is always upbeat.

2. Complaining about the church.

Find everything right about the church and highlight it. Make sure your workers feel honored to volunteer at your church.

3. Never explaining why you do something.

Make decisions with clear reasons behind them. Don’t be arbitrary. Explain why you do what you do. Don’t let it look like you are on a power trip.

4. Acting threatened if anyone else has an idea.

Allow anyone to have a good idea. This will motivate people to be problem solvers. Make sure you are not the only one who ever has a good idea. Celebrate people who come up with a better way to do things.

5. Micromanaging everything.

If you nitpick every detail of everything that is happening, people will back away from taking responsibility. Be your workers’ biggest fan.

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About the Author

I am the president of Kidz Blitz Ministries. I write articles, curriculum, blogs and am the author of Jumping the Track: how abruptly changing directions energized my life’s calling. I speak at just about any conference that will have me. If ya got a zip code, I’m there. Most people tolerate my humor and few even think I am funny. They don’t get out much. As the father of four girls, I am a survivor. I live on a horse farm where I spend my free time doing chores.