Tips for Managing These Problem Personality Employees


When you have employees, occasionally you're going to run into employee problems. How do you deal with problem personalities in your company? If you're not quite sure, you're not alone. Conflicts between employees can cause serious issues with your productivity, but resolving those conflicts in a positive fashion can be difficult at best. Here are some tips on how to manage a few common problem personalities in the workforce.

  • The credit-taker or one-upper: An employee who is constantly taking credit for everything that goes on in the organization or always seems to have a story about how they did better than another employee may have issues with their self-esteem or simply be overly competitive. Provide positive feedback when they do actually complete a task or project well, and let them know that you don't appreciate being misled when they take credit for other's work.

  • The constantly-late or never-there: When tardiness and attendance issues are at hand, it's important to have a solid policy in place regarding what will happen when employees are constantly shortchanging their time in the office. However, it's also important to reach out and find out if there's an issue causing the problem and if a little flexibility, either in starting time or working conditions, may help the situation.

  • The micro-manager: Employees who are constantly trying to manage every aspect of a project beyond their own part of it can be frustrating to your other team members. Make sure they understand what their responsibilities are, where those responsibilities stop and that they are not responsible for other employees' work.

  • The under-achiever: Underachievers tend to be either unexcited about their work or just don't want to be there in the first place. Take a few minutes to talk to them about what they're doing and consider shuffling them to a different area of your business where they can find a deeper level of fulfillment in their work.

By setting up solid policies that make it clear what your expectations are and reaching out to employees with problem personalities, you can make your workplace run more smoothly and productively. But what if you don't have time to set these policies in the first place? The business professionals at AccountRely can help. Please feel free to contact us today to get started.

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