We all know that there can be the one employee that annoys everyone including the boss. If you are wondering if you are that employee then we have a great article that we have found for you.
First of all know this: you’re valuable. We love you. You’re important to the business. It’s just that, well, sometimes as an employee you can do things that get under our skin. Want some examples? OK, here are five. Yes, some may seem petty. But they’re for real.
1. Too much chit-chat.
When we see you and a fellow employee chit-chatting in the break room for more than a few minutes our antenna goes up and our cognitive calculator clicks into gear. We start calculating how much your little catch up on Game of Thrones is costing by the hour. And just a 10 minute conversation amongst a few of you can cost $50 or $100 in lost time. You’re rolling your eyes, right? That doesn’t sound like much. But hey…it’s a dinner out with the spouse, right? And you’ve just taken that away. Trust me, every business owner thinks this at one time or another.
2. You complain without suggesting.
We all have complaints. And business owners probably deal with more than the average Joe. But we are always open to improving our businesses. We really do want to hear your feedback and we want you to be part of the company’s success. But here’s the thing: most of the time you complain. The computers are too slow. The office is too cold. There aren’t enough people to do the work. Your health insurance is too expensive. The guy sitting next to you smells like a toilet. We get it. It’s human to complain. But we don’t like it. We’re happy to hear any issues or problems as long as you’ve got a recommendation to go along with it. So next time you want to complain about something think first: how would I make this better? We might not agree but we’ll appreciate constructive suggestions always.
3. You’re not making us money.
Want to read a great book – check out my friend Todd Cohen’s Everyone’s In Sales. He’s right. Everyone in the company is always selling, regardless of your role. Most of us know that we’re not maximizing the opportunities with our existing customer base even as we’re spending too much in marketing to bring in new customers. We need your help. You’re on the front lines. When you talk to a customer, what other products or services can our company be offering? What other ways can we be helping our customers succeed which in turn will help us succeed? What other people are you talking to at the customer who may be good sales contacts? And what about your friends and community? Are you positively representing our company and looking for opportunities? If you’re just doing your assigned task then you’re overhead. But if you’re helping the boss to increase revenues then you’re an essential part of the company.
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