I'm wondering if consciously making employees doubt their abilities or value, is a technique that some managers actively practise.
I can imagine that this might be a good technique in certain contexts. Clearly for a high achieving company like Google, the company simply wants the best talent possible, and it's best to keep the employees happy and motivated.
However, for a company that:
Is on a tight budget.
Requires smart people, but the work is mundane.
Requires smart people, but employees value is tied up in their domain-specific knowledge, rather than transferable skills.
It might make sense for management to angle to make employees doubt their abilities or value as to:
Be able to pay them less.
Make them feel less confident to leave, and find a different job.
Make them feel satisfied with doing mundane work.
Management can do this by:
Not providing positive feedback.
Highlighting all flaws.
Is there any evidence that management actively discuss and practise this technique?