Poor Management vs Poor Employee

If I asked 100 business owners and their managers what is one of the most difficult issues that they face in running a business I am pretty sure that 99.9% of them would say hiring good employees.

Have you ever thought that you had hired the right employee for the job only to find out as time went by this great employee turned out to be a bad one?  What happened? 

Did you hire the wrong person for the job?  Did they pull the wool over your eyes to make you think that they were someone who they really weren’t?

At first, they did everything that you asked and trained them to do better than you had expected and now you cannot get them to do what is expected and when they do it is a half-done job.  So, what has happened? 

Is it their fault or could it be that something has happened since they were hired?   Could possibly you the employer or the manger have misrepresented yourselves and the job you hired them for?  Maybe the job was not exactly what you had promised? 

Many times, a good employee turns bad over time due to the bad management of the company and disappointment that the job they were hired for was not what they had hoped it would be.  They would love to love their job, but it is not what they had hoped it would be.

We all know that this could go either way as there are prospective candidates out there when once hired will do great just to pass the probation period and gain the confidence of their employer and then begin to slack off thinking their job is secure. 

Usually, if you have hired a bad seed, you will find this out quickly, like we did in our office.  We hired this nice young man for several reasons, he was well dressed, good communication skills, certified in the field we needed, and he had done his homework on the senior physician in our office and knew all about him, his accomplishments and really turned on the charm during the final interview.  Of course, the senior physician thought he was great.

But once he was hired, he was totally different than what he was like during the interview process.  He did not like doing certain duties that he was assigned, he lacked respect for the females in the office, one being the office manager and the other a physician and he was caught in several lies. 

He continued to charm the senior physician (who was a male) thinking this was his ticket to ride.  He went from best to worse in the matter of a couple of weeks, the final straw was when he had applied for credit using our office as his personal address and we received his turn down letter, and then we received a traffic citation at the office showing that his registration showed the office as his address. This is the Reader’s Digest condensed version as the full story could fill a chapter in a book, and yes, he was fired within a couple of weeks. 

But getting back to what I was saying, a true bad employee will be evident quickly, but a good employee turned bad will take time and more likely than not it will be because of poor management on the company’s part.  Although, there are many other reasons as well, such as coworker difficulties, problems at home, etc.  Good management is the key for keeping employees happy and productive. If your employees are not happy and thriving, you may have developed some of these bad habits for turning good employees into bad ones.

If you want to improve overall management, culture, and employee engagement to improve relationships and employee satisfaction you will want to look at a new virtual program that will be starting in May called, “How to Manage and Lead with Grit and Grace”. (Link below)

If you have any questions, just email me tina@toppractices.com

Take care and Happy Wednesday to you!



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