Running a Business

Tips on Putting Up with an Employee that Annoys You

You own the company. It only makes sense that you hire people who please you or with whom you have an instant rapport. If, by chance, you end up hiring someone who later turns out to be annoying you have every right to fire him immediately. Sure, you do. But that is not always a smart move.

If the employee is condescending, annoying, and downright obnoxious, you can go ahead and show him the door but what if the only problem is that he irritates you BUT does his work efficiently? Firing him will affect your company negatively. What should you do then? You should look for ways to manage your dislike towards such employees.

It is not Always Bad

In the business world, not really liking your employees may work in your favor. The thing here is that more often than not employees you actually like are the ones who take you for granted, don’t do the work on time, act really nice, and are not efficient. Therefore, you shouldn’t think that your dislike towards an employee is bad. It may work well for the company.

Be Neutral

Your dislike may affect your evaluation process – don’t let that happen! Don’t set a difficult standard for him just because you don’t like him. You should evaluate everyone by the same standard. You should treat everyone equally.

Shift the Focus on Yourself

You can spend hours together grinding your teeth but that will not help you. You should realize that they didn’t [or don’t] irritate you knowingly. Forget how they act and focus on how you react to them. Ask yourself why you are reacting like that. Be honest and understand yourself so that you solve the conundrum of this dislike.

Be Good

Whether you like an employee or not you HAVE to be good. If you don’t treat him properly he will definitely think that you are not happy with his performance. Keep your dislike to yourself and be neutral.

Get to Know Him

Oh, I know that even the thought of spending together with a person you dislike is taxing but it is a very good idea. May be you will change your opinion about the person! Give it a shot; it will help you and your company.

Whenever you think this is too much to do you should think about your company and its growth. You can’t make things personal with your employees.

Entrepreneurial Learning

In case you don’t like an employee who is otherwise very good at his job you have to learn how to manage your dislike. Firing him will affect you negatively. Therefore you should be neutral, try understanding what is bothering you, be good, and probably spend time with him so that you solve your problem.

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