[HRW] Does fear motivate workers or make things worse?

Welcome to Wednesday, Using the words “fear” and “workplace” in the same sentence could be alarming to some ears, especially to HR professionals like yourself. While some believe that fear is required to drive performance, it can also create a toxic work environment and be reflective of a “culture gone sour.”



The main idea


With some of its unique HR practices, Netflix is an excellent example of a company that plays the “fear game” very delicately. 


“Fear is a normal human emotion, and can sometimes be a functional or even necessary way to ensure that people do not become complacent. When fear becomes an entrenched marker of an organization’s culture, it can have toxic effects over the long run. In addition to stifling creativity, it can inhibit collaboration and lead to burnout,” said Andrew Carton, Wharton management professor.


Job performance is closely related to, and influenced by, how people feel at work. Yet the “emotional culture” of the workplace is often overlooked. The easiest way to get a sense of how “fear-driven” your organization is merely checking how your work culture deals with individual and organizational mistakes. 


Needless to say, you are in a better position if you address them more as a learning opportunity than something to be afraid to report.


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Read the full article below to dive deeper into the issue:


Does Fear Motivate Workers – or Make Things Worse?


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