How to manage useless employee
I run a small department
with five staff. Four are okay to good,
one is useless. Every time I tell her off,
she looks at me like I'm dirt.
How do I get her to
do what I tell her.
You are not paid to
be popular, you are paid to get the job
done. If you haven't grasped that simple
rule of management, then you are dirt.
Take her to one side,
so you can't be heard - but, if possible,
in sight of others, so she can't accuse
you of harassment.
Tell her, smiling a
lot, that you realise things have not been
going well, and that you are concerned.
Tell her you realise you'll never be friends
- but if you are to continue working together,
she has to pull her weight. Tell her to
consider this as a friendly warning.
Then go read up policies
on getting her sacked if she doesn't change.
You don't mention your
boss - It'd be a good idea to speak with
him/her to get support.
Finally, let's be straight
here, George. Is she the problem or are
Go review your behaviour
and your problems with this staff member.