The Crazy Cycle in the Workplace: How to Decode Your Employees

2016 Work as Worship Conference

If you feel like your boss doesn't care about you or your employees disrespect you, you might be on the "Crazy Cycle." The Crazy Cycle spins out of control when management and employees lack care and respect for each other. In this 39-minute session, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs explains what causes the Crazy Cycle and how to bring it to a halt.

Dr. Emerson Eggerichs is the Founder and President of Love and Respect Ministries, an internationally known public speaker on the topic of male-female relationships, and the former Senior Pastor of Trinity Church in Lansing, Michigan.  He has graduate degrees from Wheaton College and Dubuque Seminary and a Ph.D. in Child and Family Ecology from Michigan State University. He has written several books including the best-selling Love and Respect

The Crazy Cycle occurs when employees feel uncared for and react with disrespect. Mangers feel disrespected, so they react in uncaring ways. The Crazy Cycle spirals out of control. 

In what ways have you experienced the Crazy Cycle at work? How have you felt disrespected or uncared for?
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What kind of an impact does disrespect and lack of care have on your attitude at work?
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Emerson said the Crazy Cycle boils down to our attitude. How might your attitude affect your work performance? How might it influence those around you?
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We can put a stop to the Crazy Cycle by employing care and respect. When we care for those we manage and respect authority, the team can experience more relational harmony. 

How do you feel when a boss shows he or she cares about you? How do you feel when your employees show you respect?
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If you are in management, how do you show your employees you care about them? As an employee, what does it look like to respect those in authority?
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Emerson offered three steps to ending the Crazy Cycle:
  1. Decode
  2. Demonstrate
  3. Deposit

To decode means to evaluate your actions at work. Consider your actions and words at work. Would you say you acting in a caring or respectful way? Do you think your coworkers interpret your actions as caring or respectful? Why or why not?
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The demonstrate step means you examine whether or not you demonstrate a caring or respectful attitude. In what ways could you demonstrate a caring and respectful attitude to the people you work with?
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The final step says you make deposits of care and respect so when you have make a withdrawal, your employees or managers give you the benefit of the doubt. How could you consistently show those you lead that you care about them this week? How could you respect your managers this week?
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You have the power to put an end to the "Crazy Cycle." Whether you are an employee or manager, the way you act toward those you work with sends a message. This week, evaluate your attitude at work. Are you giving off an uncaring or disrespectful vibe? Make practical adjustments to how you treat your coworkers this week in order to be more caring and respectful.

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For more from Dr. Emerson Eggerichs, see his study The Crazy Cycle in the Workplace, or visit his website,