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Is There Such A Thing As A Lousy Employee?

Francis, a start-up entrepreneur engaged in a fast food business, came to my office yesterday to ask for a business advice. lousy employees

His immediate problem, as he told me, concerns his two new employees whom he called “lousy employees”. Francis said his two employees, a male and a female, always came in late for work, and don’t follow instructions.

Is there such a thing as a “lousy employee”?  Do you have under your employ “lousy” workers? Lousy is defined as “totally repulsive, or comtemptible, or miserably poor or inferior.”

This gets me thinking. If there are what we call lousy employees, could there be also lousy bosses or lousy managers and lousy employers?!

For if the employee is lousy, it may be because the employer who has hired him or her is also lousy. It takes two to tango, as the saying goes.

Going back to Francis. I suggested to him to explain exactly what he expects from his new employees. He should begin by assuming that his new employees know nothing about each task. He should make them understand exactly how the job should be done. This way, he won’t be faced later with the more difficult task of breaking their “lousy” habits.

After all, it is the job of the employer or manager to be prepared to teach the workers, especially the newly hired employees, punctuality, dependability, and most important, how to listen and follow instructions.

In the last analysis, a manager or employer must or manage by example. He should model the kind of behavior that he wish to see in his employees. He should be on time, work hard, and never break any of his own rules!

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