We’ve heard it from manufacturers to health care to education: Every industry is affected by the lazy employee rolling in 5, 10, or even 30 minutes late. HOLD UP! Is it really the employee’s fault? That’s right, could it be partially the employer or supervisor’s fault?
Soft skills, essential skills, common sense–whatever you want to call it–isn’t pre-programmed into us. We humans as a whole learn by hearing, doing, and seeing behaviors performed (some good and some bad). If we weren’t shown, we haven’t practiced, and no one took the time to explain to us why something is so important, why would we know how and when to do it?
Here’s some food for thought:
- Are the supervisors modeling the appropriate behaviors?
- Are the supervisors properly trained (performance management, constructive feedback, conflict management, etc.)?
- Is the environment toxic (hostile, workplace gossip, safety concerns, etc.)?
- Is the workplace invested in cultivating its employees vs. terminating the employee?
- Are the employees effectively trained and oriented to the company culture and expectations?
Don’t give up on the “lazy” employee or the employee who isn’t producing or functioning at the level you desire. Instead, SHOW them, TRAIN them, and give them the TOOLS to SUCCEED. Learn how through these popular classes from Parkland Business Training: