Difficult Employees

Tips for Managing Negative Employees

If you’re a small business owner or in a managing role in a small business, it’s not a matter of “if,” but more a matter of “when” you’ll encounter a negative employee. There’s no such thing as a perfect office. There will always be negative people, carrying their contagious energy and inflicting negativity to anyone who crosses their path. The rest of the staff may choose … [Read more...]

When to Fire Employees and When to Give a Second Chance

I’ve never met a business owner who felt good about firing employees. Even when the employee deserved to be let go for excessive tardiness, ineffective work product, or countless other justifiable reasons to terminate employment, the owners I’ve spoken with have shared how they struggle with the decision because—deep down—they know that employee is still a person with a family … [Read more...]

4 Reasons Why an Employee May Require Too Much of Your Time

The goal is for employees to work independently and complete tasks. The opportunity to parallel task, using more people to get more done in less time, is one of the primary benefits to growing the team. For many small business owners, myself included, the idea of hiring first comes about when you simply need to multiply yourself. After all, there's only so much you can do in 24 … [Read more...]

Dealing with Workplace Conflict: 4 Steps to a More Harmonious Work Environment

No workplace is free from conflict. In fact, one study discussed in the CPP Global Human Capital Report, which involved 5,000 workers across nice different countries, confirms this as it revealed that roughly 85 percent of all employees experience some sort of conflict in their careers. To make matters worse, each person questioned reported spending just under three hours … [Read more...]

3 Things to Avoid When Dealing with a Difficult Employee

Do you have an employee who is making your work life less than happy, yet they are very good at what they do so you don’t want to fire them? Is he or she pushing your buttons and making you think thoughts that you can’t believe are in your head, but your clients love them so much that you wouldn’t dare let them go? If so, you have a very unique problem on your hands, one that … [Read more...]