Attitudes in the Workplace
MAN 3204-Applied Organizational Behavior
August 25, 2013
St. Petersburg College
In a professional workplace environment, bad attitudes can affect everyone and cause major conflict among employees. The issue is complicated because most people with bad attitudes do not believe they have bad attitudes when working in a professional setting and are often ignored. “A productive employee with a slight attitude problem is not a distraction (Anderson, 2013) It is important for managers to identify bad attitudes before they escalate into a bigger problem in the workplace.
The three major bad attitudes that affect the workplace are fear of inadequacy, personal problems, and enforce rules. Fear of inadequacy can cause an attitude problem among employees because they are unable to perform at the same level as their co-workers or their skills are not adequate or good enough in the workplace which causes conflict. A troubled employee who needs help, the manager should confront and ask if further training would benefit them, schedule more training with other employees, and recommend material training within or outside the workplace until they feel comfortable to be on their own (Anderson, 2013). The manager is responsible to setting dates of completion on training if the employee still having trouble adapting to the environment.
Personal problems are another issue when employees bring their own problems from home to work. They are unable to communicate properly, they tend to lash out in non-productive ways, or unable to focus on their daily work in the workplace. The best way to deal with employees who are having these issues is to sit down with them and ask why they are being difficult. Avoid confrontation at this time, maybe they need someone to listen to them but do not try to get involved in their personal life. Management can help re-arrange some work responsibility for the employee to relieve stress from the...