Four types of employees you don’t want to be!

Without trying to be stereotypical, every workplace has at least one trying employee - and we all hope we aren’t one of them!

They are the type of employee and colleague that draws whispers and sighs when they walk into work. The type of employee that you avoid at all costs, even in the staff room. The type of employee you do not want to have work closely with.

So, with all that said, we want to make sure we are not THAT employee. Here is a description of the types of dreaded employees at a workplace, as a guide, to make sure we do not become one of them.

1. But that’s-not-my-job employee!

Everyone has encountered that one employee, the one who only wants to complete, perform and assist on tasks and jobs outlined in their contract. Oh, yes. There are some unions and work right communities that try to provide detailed accounts of what is expected of employees, however there are those employees who take these words… LITERALLY. The area on the contract or job description that can say “other duties if required” or “general office help/maintenance” actually means you can or do need to assist your working team, in some situations. Obviously, taking on other peoples’ work loads is not what we are asking, however to be a good team player and employee there are times when you just have to shut up, and help your colleagues.

2. The special employee!

No phones at work? They are on their phone from 9.00am till 5.00pm. Starting work at 9.00am? They stroll in at 9.15am, every day, some times 9.30am? Unapologetic, for sure. But, what’s worse than these employees? Their boss. Their boss allows and encourages their bad behaviour, and their lack of effort and work, because chances are their boss believes they are special too. Make sure you always follow the rules as others do, we are all equal at work.

3. No-boundaries employees!

Everyone has work-friends, sometimes you click with certain people and it develops into a personal friendship outside of the office. However, while at work there are certain people who think that over sharing with their colleagues at work is fine (I mean you spend five days a week together). Remembering to keep things professional at work is a must! Not everyone in the office needs to know the gory details of your date.

4. The drama king and queen employee!

The person who makes everything a HUGE deal at work. The employee who takes everything PERSONAL. The employee who is always reading WAY TOO much into everything. Yeah, there is always one drama king or queen at every office. And no one is that thrilled about them being there! Always remember to tone down the dramatics at work and the angry/emotional reactions to things. It’s not always the greatest way to earn points at work or how to be the most efficient, levelheaded worker. 

Managing your mates? Read on...

Picture this – you’ve just landed a senior management role but the same workmates you’d usually celebrate your good news with are now working for you. This is the problem of “mate to manager” – where you suddenly find yourself managing people you’ve been friends with, and colleagues, for years.

This issue is particularly relevant in the hospitality, retail and call centre industries, which promote an active social culture outside the working environment – think knock-off drinks on a Friday night.

The trick is to strike a balance.

At the Institute of Careers, we believe that to be a manager you need to do two things – be organised and set the pace.

Just because you’ve landed the top job, don’t be fooled into thinking you can slack off and let your employees do the work. By setting the pace in your organisation, the same people who respect you on a social level will also respect you on a professional level.

Here’s our top tips for being a great leader, and a great workmate:

1. Meet your team all over again.

You might not have changed, but your role has. It’s important that your team members understand this. Get reacquainted by calling a team meeting on your first day to set out your new role and the expectations you have of the team – the goals you’ve set and the purpose of your new role.

2. No special favours.

Boundaries must be set. Just because the team is mates with the new boss doesn’t mean they don’t need to hit their KPIs.  Let the team know that you’ve been hired for the simple reason of leading the team – then take the team to a premiership, not to the pub.

3. Systemise the business.

This applies to all of our management training. You can now let your team know that none of them will need to do any work anymore now that you are the manager.  Teach them that;

Every business is a network of systems

Systems are how work gets done

People operate the systems in the business.

You see how no one does any work? All they do is operate the systems.  The systems include ‘how to answer the phone’, ‘how to process an order’, ‘how to lift a box’.  Systemise everything, and empower your team to take ownership of the systems that they operate, and encourage them to continuously improve the systems. This gives structure to your one-on-one meetings and your team meetings.  At every meeting you discuss the systems that the team are operating, and how they can be improved.