The Passion killer – Mistakes you are probably making that kills the passion of your employees





“Of all the hardships a person had to face, none was more punishing than the simple act of waiting.”


As an entrepreneur you would best relate to this quote. We work our guts out, ignore our families and friends, let go most of our free time to wait for that moment to achieve our goal. This wait is frustrating and depressing most times, but what gets us through is our resilience. We do so for one reason and one reason only; we want to prove ourselves to the world, and when we start relishing that sweet taste of success, people call us “ passionate “

Passion is a term so loosely used that we often forget what it really stands for.  Yes as an entrepreneur, artist, athlete, you are passionate about your work, but what is it that makes it so passionate?  What is it that makes it so irresistible?

If I had to define passion in simple words, it is nothing but a quest, a commitment and a connect.


A Quest

A long arderous search for something.  It’s a purpose that you so strongly believe in and want  to achieve that it  will make you  get out of your comfort zone.


A Commitment

Its an engagement so high, that you are dedicated to the cause, the cause that your company supports. You are driven by the cause and so highly engaged that you would have it no other way than being committed to the work at hand


An emotion/ a feeling so strong towards your work & company, that you would go out of your way to achieve anything.  You relate to the purpose, vision & values of your company and believe in the products and services.

When you have all these 3 characteristics, you come across  as being passionate. This Passion – An entrepreneur has it and a company has to help an employee develop it. As an entrepreneur, it’s your duty to build a workplace that induces this passion.

According to a new report, around 88 % of the workforce lack this kind of passion , leading to job dissatisfaction and result dissatisfaction

Most often than not, entrepreneurs complain to me about the challenges of their growing companies – One of the clichéd problems they share is “My team is not as passionate as me “

But its time to look inwards, Probably your processes and policies are killing the passion. Start-ups start with a lot of passion, but as they grow they start losing that drive, why ?  What is it that kills this drive, the passion that once existed ?

4 common mistakes that entrepreneurs do that kills the passion in the workplace:

  • Working in reverse – Let me make a bold statement here – I think we have got the concept of work completely wrong. Most companies direct and tell their employees what tasks/jobs are to be performed. They hand over job descriptions and performance indicators that specify the tasks in detail. But the most important detail is missed out. Employees are rarely told about what the end result /outcome is that needs to be achieved. They are never informed about how their tasks will contribute to the end goal of the company.


 Guerrilla HR idea

Break down your strategy into outcome, performance indicators and process. Inform the employee about the outcome desired. List down broadly the indicators expected and let the employee design the process to achieve it in detail and share it with you. This will make the employee take full responsibility of the task at hand.


  • No recognition – Research indicates that employees have three prime needs: Interesting work, recognition for doing a good job, and being let in on things that are going on in the company.  However, most companies have absolutely no initiative that gives recognition to employees.  Most companies forget to give a word of appreciation and that affects the work and the emotional connect attached with work. Recognition is a fundamental human need. People respond to recognition/appreciation as it gives them the reassurance that their work is valued. By not giving recognition, companies kill the need of an employee to perform at his/her best


Guerrilla HR idea

Have a superhero award for your team. Give them a figurine of a  superhero instead of trophies or certificates along with your reward program.  Visual display of a superhero will give the necessary boost to an employee to perform like a superhero


  • Zero feedback – A recent study said 98% of employees fail to be engaged when given little or no feedback at all. We constantly seek feedback for the work that we do. As an entrepreneur, we talk to our clients to figure out if they liked our services/products. But rarely do companies give feedback to the team. In today’s service industry, employees are your most important asset. If there is no feedback given to them on the work done, there will be no scope of improvement nor will they know if they are doing the job well. This disengages an employee from the work, resulting in loss of passion.


  Guerrilla HR

Give a 2 minutes feedback to everyone in the team that focuses on what is being done,   what is expected and how it should be done.


  • No engagement – Connect comes from a deep level of engagement. Individuals like being cared for, talked to. Most entrepreneurs do this when they have a small group of 3-4 people, but as the team grows they stop interacting with the team. The communication between the management and team stops, leading to various assumptions and insecurities within the team. Employees feel disconnected from the company and the work.


Guerrilla HR idea

A simple technique is to take 10 minutes post lunch, come out on the floor and say a big hello to the team. Make it a ritual. This will increase your connect with the team and in turn they will feel connected to you and the company.


‘Passion will move men/women beyond themselves, beyond their shortcomings, beyond their failure’. And you want such men and women in your team. So stop killing the passion, use the guerrilla HR ideas and create the passion.



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