The 5 Most Dangerous Threats Lurking at Work! #4 - A Bad Employee
Updated: Jan 29
#4 She was such a GREAT interview! But that is not the employee who showed up to work. You thought once she got used to seeing how things worked, she’d realize that her negative attitude and lack of team work didn’t fit and she’d just leave. It’s been six months and now you know you have a bad employee. Your other employees are starting to complain about her leaving “on time” when there are deadlines that are looming, her “breaks” seem endless, and about her snide and sarcastic remarks.
This bad employee is a big threat to your business! You have to deal with this - what are you waiting for? For your good employees to quit? For her to magically disappear? This one person has evil super-powers – she can single handedly demoralize your team, make productivity plunge and stop the wheels of engagement!
You have the power to stop this destructive behavior! You meet with her and let her know that you want her to be a successful member of your team, but her actions are negatively affecting the team. Give her examples of what she has done and what that has caused. You let her know this is NOT acceptable. You tell her what you DO expect from her and that you expect to see that change immediately and it is to be maintained. You tell her that this is serious enough that it is a disciplinary action and if she continues to behave in these unacceptable ways, she will face additional discipline up to and including termination. You say it, you mean it, you hold to it!
If she really is a good employee – she will understand the seriousness of the situation and make the behavior changes needed. If she is not, she will fail and you will terminate her. Either way, everyone on the team will be very happy and you will have done your job and removed the threat to your business!
Here's my step-by-step guide to help you Get a Handle on Your Bad Employee.