In today's faced-paced business environment, there's no time for nonsense. Hire the incorrect person, or discover a rogue employee, and your hands will be full over the next few months trying to get rid of them.
The better job you do when hiring, by asking discovery questions, and the faster you address issues that arise with current employees, the higher the probability of a successful resolution. You always want to bring the best out in people, but it may be time to separate the relationship if the worst continues to occur.
Below are 4 harmful employee traits to avoid.
Feeling like one can do whatever they want to, whenever they want to, will not work well in a corporate environment. Being able to set an alarm clock, not go out all night when you have to work the next day, and put effort into looking and smelling good, all sound simple, but without discipline, you'll see everything falls apart quickly.
When one doesn't respect themself, they're not going to respect other people, causing multiple issues throughout their employment time. Being kind and speaking nicely of people is vital to success in the corporate world. Talking behind one's back negatively never has a good ending. It all starts with respect; if you speak nicely about yourself, you're most likely going to talk kindly about other people.
Lack of Focus
Focus is everything. Being able to drill down on projects is vital to the successful completion of tasks. Throwing spaghetti up against the wall and hoping something sticks needs to stop. Hyperfocus is what's needed. The ability to receive a job, understand the project scope, and then jump into action with hyperfocus is what's needed. Getting paralysis by analysis due to lack of focus will drive productivity to a grinding halt.
Sense of Entitlement
Everyone needs to work smart and hard, all the time. No one is better than anyone else on a team. It's everyone working together to achieve a common goal. Teamwork makes the dream work. Being able to put extra time in when and where needed comes with commitment. In the corporate world, the team that gets the most done, in the least amount of time, with the highest quality level, wins.
Uncovering harmful employee traits in the interview process is the best place. In the instance, when someone does sneak through, gets hired, and starts to spoil corporate culture with negativity, immediate action will be required. Running a successful business isn't about being a fan favorite; it's about doing what's right overall for everyone while maintaining a positive business culture.