Do you know someone who can’t seem to quite figure out why they’re never selected to lead a project or given a promotion? Sure you do. In their minds, things just aren’t fair. Not so coincidentally, they’re also the ones who talk about the “brown-nosers” and “do-gooders” that are getting those opportunities.
Most of these folks tend to show up on time and do decent work, but they really don’t want to be there. They do just enough to skate by and don’t break any major policies.
The reality is that we have all likely been that person at some point (ah yes, my days of working at Sonic Drive-In in high school).
Chances are that if you are a frequent reader of my blog, this isn’t you, but you deal with it.
I can tell you that as an HR leader, these are the things that really concern me and it’s my job to make sure we have a culture free of them. Don’t allow others to hurt the business and their own careers by making ANY of these mistakes.
1. Always full of high drama. Most people understand the importance of remaining professional at work. Unfortunately, too few realize that when they gossip and complain about things, even if they have valid concerns, that is a form of unprofessionalism. This breeds mediocrity and isn’t allowed at great companies.
2. Poor written communications. Everything we type or write as an employee of a company is not only a reflection on our personal brand, but it’s also a reflection on the company’s brand. Poor communication shows that a person doesn’t really care much.
3. Losing control when under pressure. How people handle themselves when their backs are against the wall reveals a lot about the person. Pressure reveals weaknesses and separates those who are ready for advancement from those who aren’t.
4. Lacking a desire to get involved. Truly good employees show they are serious about their career by volunteering to lead department projects, by getting involved with company fundraisers, or by offering to help with social activities.
5. Having a generally poor attitude. Easy to spot, this problem is too often seen as a ”right” of employees. Truly good employees make it a point to keep their energy levels high, acknowledge people, and be friendly. It makes for a better work environment for everyone and has a direct correlation to the bottom line.
If you are in a position of leadership, don’t allow people to negatively impact their career and the business. Talk to them, make them aware of the problem and hold everyone accountable to those expectations.
Question: What other issues would you add to this list?
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