Insights Offered to Cope With ‘Problem’
Every kitchen and bath design firm has problem employees, and
managers can find themselves spending more time coaxing and
cajoling those people every day than dealing with “real” work.
Ironically, personnel specialists point out, the biggest problem
employees are often the most productive ones making every day a
balancing act between value gained and annoyance delivered.
Unproductive employees are generally not a problem for very long
you simply terminate them and find productive ones. However, what
about the employee who is driving you nuts but is still delivering
Personnel experts offer the following insights:
A person who feels the need to challenge authority often feels that
your company needs him more than he needs your company. The up side
of this situation is that such a person is often highly
self-motivated. He seeks out problems and solves them on his own,
and he’ll do whatever it takes to get the job done on his own,
without the constant need for supervision. The way to bring this
kind of employee into line is to call his bluff. Set fair limits to
his behavior and enforce them. At the same time, if you can figure
out ways for him to be recognized as a hero when he does well,
you’ll positively reward him, not over-control him.
Another problem employee is the persistent “worrier.” This
employee is uncomfortable when people are happy, he’s often a
hypochondriac, and he can find the cloud with every silver lining.
However, he also invariably shows up early to work, and heads off
problems before they happen. These are the kind of employees who
need their self-confidence reinforced. Provide them with safe
experiences at which they can be successful, and give them positive
Got somebody who’s totally disorganized? Someone who loses
things, forgets details, seems to have no goals and a short
attention span? These are usually the most down-to-earth and
likeable people on your staff and may, in fact, be the glue that
holds your organization together. This kind of person also tends to
be enthusiastic and unselfish. A time management schedule may help,
as well as a daily action plan you both can review.
The person who reports to work late and leaves early often with
a long lunch break in between is particularly trying. Sure, the
work gets done, but nothing you and your company do ever seems
worth the trouble to this person. He has no energy, and always
complains that everything was better in the good old days. He’s
likely to be your top performer, and often the person your company
has employed the longest.
Your chore here is to re-energize and re-prioritize him. Don’t
overburden him with high expectations, but think about soliciting
his insight and experience as you make your management decisions.
Discuss his goals and future plans. He’s likely to respond
positively to incentives for specific goals that are met. Also,
consider having him train other employees.
By focusing on existing strengths and ways to improve the
performance of these employees, personnel experts believe you’ll
find yourself spending less time dealing with tantrums and excuses
and more time dealing with the needs of your business.