Published by Selby Webb
Co-founder, Editor and Head of Marketing of SuccessField
2 years ago
There are employees with whom one can work only with great effort. Especially employers have a hard time working with people like this. Make sure that the following descriptions don’t apply to you.
No matter what you tell them to do, it’s never done on time. And if it is, then it’s not complete or correct. These type of employees always have excuses. But never take the blame on themselves. It’s either you didn’t explain the job well enough or they come up with a reason why they can’t be held accountable.
What makes them impossible to work with, is the amount of time they waste. While a customer is waiting for the service he paid for, instead of trying to fix the problem, they are looking for someone to blame. And if you don’t know how to handle them, you’ll argue with them and get mad at them. To put a long story short, you lose.
The sad fact that they get paid per hour works against you. While you’re trying to explain yourself, they’re getting paid. On the other hand, the job still has to be done. So instead of arguing with them, just say what has to be done and move on.
Customers should be a company’s priority. After all, they bring you money. But I still meet employees that don’t think like that. They don’t think like a part of a company, but as individuals. As long as they get paid, they don’t care.
I’ve worked with people who would only do what’s explicitly in their contract. If you asked them to do you a favor, that they refer to as “no” in their department, they would just reject the task, without reasoning their decision.
They don’t stay longer to have a drink with fellow workers after their shift because they’re not here to look for friends, but to get paid. These kind of individuals are like poison for a team. Their egos surpasses everything you can imagine. And whether you believe it or not, they exist in every company.
These workers do as least as they can. If they are asked for additional performances, they find an excuse. They call in sick more than anyone else, push off their work more than others and never do anything that isn’t requested.
No one can hate them because they always have their job done, but they aren’t trustworthy. They aren’t willing to run an extra mile for themselves, what makes you think they’ll do it for others? In the business world, spontaneous decisions are made and they can indicate big changes. Some people are forced to take over more responsibility, while others are forced to leave. Minimalists never go with the flow. They do what they are asked and not more. If its too much for them, they leave.