Ever had an employee that spreads doom and gloom throughout the shop? You know the one; the employee that damages morale, complains about everything, comes in late, and is miserable all the time. And, after trying to fix him, you realize that you can’t. But, “He’s a great producer”, you tell yourself. Well, is he?
The fact is, if you have a poison employee, ask yourself this, “What damage is he doing the rest of the shop?” Also, how is he damaging the morale of the shop? What production loss is occurring that is due to his attitude?
Consider this; you, as the leader of the company must have the support and respect of everyone. If you allow the bad apple to stay, others in the shop will not feel you are a leader that cares about everyone. They will think you only care about the bad apple’s production. They will think you value money first, and people last. When this happens, the rest of your team will begin to shut down, morale will continue to suffer, and so will production.
Here’s another scenario you are familiar with too. When you do finally get rid of the bad apple, the others will rejoice and tell you, “Well, it’s about time boss!”