There are three types of difficult employees in the office that seem to constantly cause workplace conflict. Last week we discussed the ‘Drama-Queen’ type. This week, let’s take a look at `The Victim`.
The victim is a common type of difficult, and they fall into two categories. There are the slippery ones that avoid accountability at all costs, tending to blame anyone else if anything goes wrong. They are never without an excuse, and can even affect their coworkers’ reporting of legitimate concerns, if they keep seeing the constant, annoying complaining. Today describes them as someone who “grates on you with a ‘poor-me’ attitude, and is allergic to taking responsibility for their actions. [They believe] people are always against them, [which is] the reason for their unhappiness.”
The other kind of victim is the sickly one, who always seems to have some sort of ailment. Hypochondria is one thing, but these victim types take advantage of managers’ generosity by claiming an array of medical conditions that are completely unfounded—yet impossible to determine the legitimacy of—calling in sick or using an “illness” as an excuse for poor performance. You need to monitor closely the days they are calling in sick. To address this issue, you will need to correlate the impact the absenteeism is having on their productivity and your business.
What kind of difficult employees do you have in the workplace? Tell us about them in the comments section.
Stay tuned for the third type of employee…