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Published: 27th of Jun 2017 by: Carolyn Kessler

In last week’s blog, I identified 10 types of “Horrible Bosses”. Although I dealt with the subject in quite a light hearted manner, I was and am keenly aware of how destructive poor management styles can be to an organisation.

In the interests of accountability, I’d like you to take a look at the list below where I detail 10 qualities that make for a dreadful employee. If you do identify your ‘employee style’ in any of these, know that you are engaged in behaviours which undermine your worth. You need to make an urgent U-turn.

Even if you can rationalise your destructive behaviour as a logical reaction to the conditions under which you work, remember that you are giving your internal power over to someone else. In short, other people or situations should not be allowed to make you behave in a manner that goes against your integrity.

1. You arrive at work just in time, no minutes to spare, then spend ten or twenty minutes hanging up your jacket, making coffee and catching up on how your colleague spent his weekend. This is disrespectful towards yourself and your colleagues who made the effort to arrive on time.

2. You engage in gossip with and about your colleagues, boss, and the organisation in general. No matter how good you are at your job, this seemingly innocuous pastime is lethal to you and the company at large. If you have a problem with anything, you are beholden to approach the correct person with your dissatisfaction and resolve the issue in an adult and transparent manner.

3. You agree to undertake a task which you have neither the interest nor intention of completing - you say yes when you should be saying no. Consequently, this task never gets completed and colleagues are left with egg on their faces when they don’t have the report completed on time for the management meeting. If you agree to accomplish something, you have to do it. Otherwise, it’s up to you to assertively explain why you can’t be of help at this juncture. They’ll be irritated initially because you always say yes, but will know from the outset that the work needs to be allocated elsewhere.

4. You consider the work and/or some of your colleagues to be beneath you. No way are you going to wash the coffee cups in the kitchen. You are way above the job of tea person, or so you think. Not true, the essence of team work is picking up the slack when others drop the ball. Sure, if it becomes an ongoing problem, you need to address systems to identify why that particular task hasn’t been allocated correctly. I have worked with companies where the MD has rolled up his sleeves and made coffee for everyone at the meeting because we were discussing issues that didn’t affect him and the tea lady was off ill!

5. You are pretty demotivated and spend time on Facebook and/or your phone rather than completing your work. No-one can see you, so it is okay isn’t it? No it’s not. Identify why you are demotivated and make the necessary changes. This is time theft and it degrades you.

6. You really don’t want to go to work that day, so you call in sick. This is extremely dishonest and once again, this is time theft. If you are in desperate need of time out, tell your boss and take leave when it’s possible. Do not leave your colleagues in the lurch.

7. You have ideas on how to improve things around the office, but don’t believe it’s your place to put these suggestions forward. They don’t pay you enough and are likely to ask you to implement them – that’s not in your job description!! Talk about self-defeating?

8. You’re just using this job as a stepping stone – have no intention of giving it your all. Find another position and leave this one open to someone who will value it and give it their total focus.

9. You feel insecure in your position and thus try to undermine others in the eyes of the boss. You proffer their ideas as your own. You sneakily let her know when a colleague messes up in an effort to highlight their weaknesses. You ignore instructions from people you consider below you or whose authority you resent. This is a subject all of its own. Insecurity is the driving force behind much of the negativity experienced in the office. Find out why you feel insecure and fix it or move out of the situation. You hurt yourself more than you hurt others with this kind of behaviour.

10. You resist all and any change ferociously. At the mention of change you close down and dig your heels in. Passive aggression is your preferred method of sabotage. Not cool at all – you need to find help in order to identify where your fears come from and gain the ability to communicate your anxieties assertively, thereby allowing for constructive dialogue.

This list contains only ten of the behaviours we use to sabotage ourselves, often because we lack the requisite skills. Our Assertiveness, Stress & Time and/or Communication Excellence training address many of these issues. Visit our Staff Training website, we have over 60 courses, many of which will give you the skills to make that U-turn!

Staff Training is a soft skills training provider. Contact us at 0861 996 660.

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