>Tell your bad worker how well they’re doing

>An annoyance of mine in the workplace is managers who don’t manage bad workers. By bad workers I mean the kind of person who thinks they’re doing a good job, but isn’t. They’re just bad at what they do. This may be because they don’t have the required skills, knowledge, aptitude, ability or attitude. However you look at it, they’re just bad at their job.

In a previous post I talked about sacking the manager who thinks they’re doing a good job when they’re not. This is the other side of that coin – dealing with an employee who has no idea they’re not doing a good job, but no-one is telling them. Instead, they’re being told what a good job they’re doing and thereby inflating their sense of self-importance.
I know such a person. Bob is awful at what he does. Bob’s manager though, Berk, isn’t telling him. Instead of trying to deal with Bob’s lack of ability to do a good job, Berk is allowing Bob to just get on with whatever Bob thinks is an effective way of working. This is driving me nuts as Berk is effectively burying his head in the sand staying aloof to the issue of bad work. Meanwhile, Bob is ambling along, being told ‘you’re doing a great job’, where in reality, he isn’t.
I’ve tried to give Berk some feedback about Bob and Bob’s ability to do the job, but I’ve not been listened to. So I have to put up with Bob’s incompetence and air of ‘I know what I’m doing’ when in reality, Bob should not even be here.
Those of you who know me, don’t try figure out who this might be. I know many people in the business I work for this could be true of, and as such this is a message to try and convey the sheer frustration I have at this situation.
If you want some ‘harder’ information about the impact of this bad work here you go:
– workload get spread to the team that should be dealt with by one person
– Bob talks ‘confidently’ about a given topic when they’re actually talking shit
– Bob’s perception of his own workload is mountainous and insurmountable – this means Bob rants and is negative towards others that Bob perceives as being less busy
– when team members learn about Bob’s negativity they in turn feel negative towards Bob and indirectly towards Berk for not managing him
– deadlines are missed, meetings not attended, wrong information being delivered
So, if you are Berk, please deal with Bob’s inability to do the job. If you are Bob, then God help you in your career and life in general.
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Sukh Pabial

I'm an occupational psychologist by profession and am passionate about all things learning and development, creating holistic learning solutions and using positive psychology in the workforce.

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