Back to school is a great time to re-energize your staff from the summer, and really get a strong go at the rest of the year. Sometimes this can be tough though, especially if they’ve had time to work themselves into bad habits.
To break bad habits in employees is, plain and simple, a leadership issue. Employees that have come with or have developed bad habits – such as showing up late consistently, poor attendance, poor productivity, etc. – is the fault of leadership.
“Why?” is it you ask, that leadership is to blame for employees bad habits? Easy. Everything that is wrong with the business, is leaderships fault.
From the very beginning, every leader is responsible for finding and nurturing talent that aligns with the organizations Core Values and Purpose. Skills are important, yes, but not nearly as important as ‘attitude.’ When it comes to finding top talent, the job of leadership is to:
When you still find that some team members have developed bad habits, take immediate action. Your culture is only as good as the worst behaviour you are willing to tolerate. If you allow bad habits to go uncorrected, your entire organization will notice and think that this is now the new norm.
If you cannot break bad habits in employees, then generate a generous severance package. End of discussion. Even when I ‘fire fast,’ someone will still always come up to me within an hour or so of the ‘event’ and say; “What took you so long” or; “Thank you.” Most often, terminations are a result of the employee not being a fit – in other words, a culture mismatch. Very rarely have I heard of someone being terminated because of skills.
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