Assumptions of employees falling into Theory X goes like this:
- Work is inherently distasteful.
- The average person is lazy and unambitious.
- People prefer close supervision.
- Typical workers avoid responsibility.
- The principal worker incentive is money.
- Workers must be coerced or bribed to achieve the organization's goals.
Check out Theory Y:
- People enjoy work.
- Work is as natural as play.
- Recognition and self-fulfillment are as important as money.
- Employees are committed to their work.
- Employees exercise self-direction and seek responsibility.
- Workers at all levels will exhibit creativity and ingenuity when given the chance.
These two theories determine just how you interact with your employee's. It determines what motivation (or unmotivational) tactics you use. It determines your overall relationship with your employee's.
Human nature causes us to act on our assumptions, opinions, etc. Take a step back and look at the true attitudes of your employee's and compare that to your assumptions - and act on it.