If motivation don’t work, try the reverse

02Jun07

PRESENTATION As if they were listening

Have you ever seen that motivational posters with serene pictures and witty phrases telling employees to be docile at work and strive better at their job? Whether these posters really works is open for vigorous debate. But one thing is certain, somebody is making good money making them.

Motivating people is, apparently, a lush business. Big companies are paying big bucks to other companies whose able to promise slight boost on employee morale, or at least not disgruntled if employees are worked for extra hour.

This one company, Despair Inc,  also promise to do just that, motivating people. Check out their web site on Despair.com. The unique thing about Despair is, unlike others, they took an unorthodox way in inflating morale. They deflate it.

Despair has been well know for their sarcastic -bordering to abusive- approach in motivating people. This involves demoting their morale to reach the lowest ebb, perhaps on the basis that reaching rock bottom, morale can’t go anywhere but up. Their creative line of products includes (de)motivational posters, t-shirts and office mugs with witty cynical phrases juxtaposed with the pictures. And if you have that quality for indulging sarcasm, you can’t help but smile, or at least smirk, at the truism.

For readers who wishes to test their cynical quality, Despair provide  this D.I.Y Parody Motivation Generator. You can try and build your own (de)motivating poster using the tool. Just prepare a subtly-sarcastic jpeg and some of your own cynical cents of thought. I’ve created mine, but  I think my cynicism is still no match for those guys at despair. You tell me.

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10 Responses to “If motivation don’t work, try the reverse”

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