What to Do When an Employee Needs an Attitude Adjustment

September 16, 2016 Bruce Tulgan


Employers sometimes think they’ve found a candidate with all the right soft and technical skills, so they hire them before another organization can make an offer. But what if that employee’s attitude doesn’t live up to expectations?

Regardless if it’s a new recruit or a long time employee, it may signal a need for an attitude adjustment. An individual’s attitude at work can affect their productivity and even hurt the organization’s bottom line.

Managers should take action immediately to contain and correct the problem. However, it can be difficult to know how and when to bring up an attitude adjustment with a colleague or employee. How many bad days signal the need for a sit down meeting? What’s acceptable behavior and what isn’t? It all comes down to knowing your employees. A few bad days across the span of the year is natural, but if an individual is bringing down the team dynamic with constant negativity, it’s time for someone to step in.

To learn more about how to spot attitude red flags and how managers can address and prevent these issues, check out these 5 tips for zeroing in on negative employee behaviors, one at a time, based on The 27 Challenges Managers Face by Bruce Tulgan and published by Wiley.

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