Join Todd Dewett for an in-depth discussion in this video Focusing busy but not productive employees, part of Managing Employee Performance Problems (2013).
- Some of the more peculiar challenging employees…are the people who always appear busy,…but never seem to be terribly productive.…They're always conscious that others are aware of them.…Thus, they're usually not the folks oversocializing,…and they rarely get caught playing games on their computer.…They simply like to look busy, and almost always…think they're being productive.…Even though busy does not mean productive,…they wear the label like it's a badge of honor.…And to be blunt, they're crafty.…They'll leave lots of applications open on their…computer desktop at all times.…
Prominently displaying whatever important…information they might have to show.…When not at their desk, they'll always leave…reports and files on their desk so others can see…how busy they are, and while walking around…they'll even carry props, a laptop or maybe a report.…So they look busy even when walking.…They're the kind of employee who stays 10 minutes…later than the rest of the team, just so the boss…will see them staying later than anyone else.…
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- Determining the appropriate intervention
- Defusing charged conversations
- Refocusing slackers
- Getting employees to show up on time
- Redirecting habitual complainers
- Engaging employees that always resist change
- Standing up to bullies
- Encouraging employees that can't handle feedback
- Helping people with personal problems
- Dealing with gossips
- Knowing when to say goodbye to an employee<br><br>
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