As organizational culture becomes an increasingly important attraction and retention tool, it’s vital for benefit managers to pay attention to potential detractors. In a September 11 Employee Benefit News Gallery feature, Tom Gimbel, founder and CEO of LaSalle Network, a staffing and recruiting firm, shares five ways to identify employees who might be draining the positivity out of the workplace.
- They aren't team players. Perhaps one of the more obvious negative traits, those employees who only care about their own tasks and responsibilities, are only in it for themselves. These employees frequently use pronouns like "I" and "me" and rarely use "us" and "we."
- Rarely participate in anything. These culture takers are unenthused by their current company. They aren't present at company outings and they rarely participate in meetings.
- They don't communicate. These culture snatchers like to remain in the dark. "They don't keep their manager up-to-date on their current assignments and don't discuss obstacles or roadblocks that may be holding them back," Gimbel says.
- They don't go above and beyond. They aren't willing to do what it takes to finish a project or task. If they need to stay late to hit a deadline, don't expect them to.
- They have a bad attitude. These culture thieves usually come into the office unprofessional and unprepared. They are upset when new tasks are put on their plate and complain when they have too much to do.