workplace problems can be avoided with effective management. A practical
introduction to 9 common employee problems and how to avoid them
can save you the hassle and heartache of learning the management
ropes. Read on and learn how to become an effective manager.
In Late, Home Early
Flexible hours and hot-desking have enabled the work-shy to shave
their working week right down. Tried and tested work waster tricks
include; leaving a coat or other evidence of being busy at work
but not being seen for hours, sending emails early in the morning,
late at night or at weekends to prove apparent commitment or having
many medical appointments. Don't be fooled!
Blah Blah Blah
It's an unwritten rule that the odd personal phone-call or email
is unavoidable and acceptable at work. But when your project manager
is more like a party planner, then it's time to write the unwritten.
What's Yours Is Mine
It starts innocently enough. Just a few photocopies of a recipe
for the mother-in-law. Or little Kevin could use those post-it notes
to aid his studies. And those are lovely pens to write with, I'll
just slip a few in my pocket and no-one will mind. Allowing petty
pilfering is a no-no as costs mount when boundaries slip.
Beware employees who have skills that can be free-lanced or can
utilise proprietary information. Valued clients may prefer to pay
for work directly than pay your company, so make your policy clear
about moonlighting and avoid misunderstanding.
Employee v Family
As companies expand and grow, the distance between employer and
employee needs to grow too. Problems arise when previous "understandings"
or working arrangements cannot be fairly and consistently applied
to each and every employee
Swinging the Lead
A much disliked naval task of old was taking a depth checking, using
a heavy lead weight on a long line. Common practice amongst shirkers
was to swing the lead-line about for much longer than necessary,
thus avoiding any other tasks. Nowadays, swinging the lead is used
to describe the practice of taking evasive action to avoid work
- be it "sickies" for hangovers, interviews or to avoid using holiday
allowance. Record attendance carefully and watch for patterns in
Having innocently applied for a graduate placement at a food manufacturing
giant, I was wisely advised that the role would most likely be in
a meat processing plant. This was a euphemism for an abattoir, with
blood, guts and brains aplenty. Being vegetarian at the time, I
politely withdrew my application!
I Don't Work Mondays, Wednesdays, or Nights.
If the job requires flexible working, you need flexible people.
If religion dictates certain constraints about hours, duties or
other responsibilities then these need to be known up-front and
considered appropriately. Although religious tolerance and diversity
is critical, you need to be realistic about a person's ability to
do a job.
Don't Sit So Close To Me
Tony's smelly feet put everyone off work. Laughable though it may
seem, personal hygiene problems or other anti-social behaviour can
cause inordinate amounts of disquiet among your people. Take your
head out of the sand and deal with it. (Find out how to give Tony
Avoid common workplace problems with effective management. This
practical introduction brings to light 9 tried and tested employee
tricks and teaches you how to deal with them.
Owner, Management for the Rest of Us
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