- Posted by Karen Benz
- On March 21, 2017
- 2 Comments
- attitude, communication, employees, managing, managing behavior, managing employees, problems, tolerating
Managers often ask my advice when dealing with difficult employee behavior. Examples include poor attitude/skills such as interpersonal communication and poor overall job performance.
Oftentimes, the manager will describe the situation, then will speculate as to why the behavior is happening. I hear, “He’s having a rough time at home. I want to give him some space.” Managers do this, I believe, because they generally care about those they manage. What I advise is to not speculate about the reasons, but rather, deal with the behavior in front of them that needs correcting.
Less is Best
So, when confronted with a challenging employee problem, less is best. State the problem and a solution. For example, “Your customer service skills need to improve. Specifically, when you are talking with customers, I would like to see you demonstrate more compassion and empathy for the customer and not be quite so harsh.”
Tolerating the Problem Too Long
Speaking with an employee about problematic behavior can be difficult and unpleasant. If a manager makes excuses for an employee, they will end up tolerating the problem behavior for too long. The consequences of this can be far-reaching. The manager’s effectiveness can be called into question by direct reports and higher level managers.
For more information on how to successfully manage challenging employee behavior, contact Karen Benz at 401-475-3152 or firstname.lastname@example.org.