Joe and Wanda on Management

Joe Kerr and Wanda B. Goode, two characters from Nick McCormick’s book, “Lead Well and Prosper,” dispense their management wisdom

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Month: July, 2013

Dealing with the Unwilling Worker

26 July, 2013 (21:16) | Leadership, Management, Problem Performance | By: Administrator

Just had a banner experience at my local Walmart yesterday. I took my car in to the tire and lube shop for a quick tire rotation and oil change. I won’t go into the details, but I will say this, “I’ve never seen people work so hard to avoid work.” Two hours later, I left the store with the job half complete.

Ever had a similar experience on the job Joe and Wanda?

Joe Kerr: Last Friday one of my guys argued with me for 30 minutes about how he didn’t have time to do his status report. Does that count? After our chat I had him do his status report and mine too!

Wanda B. Goode: This type of childish, often passive-aggressive behavior is not uncommon in the workplace. There are typically reasons behind it. Some of them may even be rational. If you don’t know the reasons, ask. Either swiftly address them if appropriate, or remove the person. Do not allow the cancerous behavior to continue. It will poison the workplace.

Here are a couple of related posts

Can You Rehabilitate a Passive Aggressive Employee?
Dealing with Passive Aggressive Colleagues