WORKPLACE / JUN. 01, 2016
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5 Bad Habits That Bosses Never Want to See at Work

We all have that one colleague that seems to do nothing of consequence at work and who seems to always pass on his or her work to other people. This employee is not only unproductive, but they are also a threat to the rest of the office since their negative behaviour inevitably affects the rest of employees as well.

As the manager, it’s your duty to identify this person and make sure that you handle the situation immediately so as to not disrupt the rest of your employee’s productivity. The problem, however, is that it may be hard to identify such behaviour especially if you don’t work in the same office as your employees. But, that doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to identify such situations, it just means that you have to be on the lookout for these behavioural patterns.

1. Complaining

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Of course, given the opportunity all of your employees will complain. But, if you have one employee who seems to complain about everything all the time then you should pay close attention to that employee.

2. They’re Work is Always Late

A good employee is also an excellent time manager which is why a great employee can deliver his or her work without any delay. A poor employee, on the other hand, is such a bad time manager that they always miss their deadlines, and they are also always behind on their work. To be efficient as a team leader it’s important to know which employee is behind on their work and to do that you can ask your employees to check in with you on a regular basis, this will help you estimate who’s falling behind.

3. They Are Only Interested in Your Praise

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A trait that many bad employees have is that they’re always looking to get praise from you. You may wonder why this is bad, but if an employee feels that his or her mission at work is to please you they’re not going to be creative or innovative because they’ll be concerned with doing everything by the book and you need innovation and creativity from your team otherwise your business will never advance.

4. They’re Not Driven

You probably know that an employee without passion for work is always mediocre because an employee who isn’t passionate about their work will only do what is required of them. They will not take initiative, and they will not go the extra mile. You want your employees to be passionate about their work; you want them to be driven and motivated because that’s the only way they’ll be able to push forward. So, if your employee’s motivation is waning maybe you should try talking to them and see if they are interested in taking on new challenges.

5. They’ve Given Up on Their Personal Betterment

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Employees who are passionate about their work are constantly improving themselves and growing, but the moment an employee stops wanting to learn new skills or take on new responsibilities, it’s usually a sign that they are no longer interested in their work. Although there may well be other reasons for this decline in their performance, it’s important to deal with the situation head on otherwise you might end up losing an employee who simply needed to be pushed and/or challenged.

It’s important to have a good relationship with every member of your team because that’s the only way you’ll be able to identify any changes in their behaviour.

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