My employee does a good job but has a bad attitude: What do I do?!?
One of the most hated and nerve racking things to do is to fire someone. Sometimes you can change habits of an employee that is not doing what needs to be done but sometimes you need to bite the bullet and let them go.
One of my long time clients said they had an employee that was doing their job but had no respect for the management team and was creating a bad culture in the office by having a negative attitude and speaking badly about the company with coworkers.
Even though someone might be good at their job, if they are disrespectful and create a negative vibe in the office this needs to be nipped in the butt right away.
Here are some steps on what to do:
1. Talk to them: Figure out what is going on and why they feel the way they do and try to make changes to help them feel better in the workplace.
2. You also need to be upfront and let the employee know how important culture is and how negativity and disrespect is not tolerated in the office because it impacts other employees that do not feel the same way.
3. If you get to the root of the problem and both employer and employees are making changes for the better and the employee is more positive than great, you fixed the issue through open communication!
4. If the problem persists, you can give the individual another warning and if you don't see changes after that time it is best to let them go. Chances are they are probably looking for other opportunities anyways or are in the wrong job/industry and as hard as it is to let them go right now, it will be a lot better for your company and other employees.
Again getting rid of an employee should be the last option but culture and attitude in the office is so important for a company's growth and survival. If you have the open communication with the problem-employee and make changes where it is needed and you are still not seeing a change for the better you need to bite the bullet and part ways.