What's the Best Way You Can Handle an Employee Who Doesn't Get Along with the Team?

Dear Office Mom,
If you are the boss and have an employee who performs their job well (the best) but doesn’t get along with others, would you fire him/her or keep him/her?
— the Boss
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Image Credit: Pexels

Hi Boss,

I would coach this person, give feedback and offer them an opportunity to modify their behavior. I would have specific praise for what he/she does well and explain why it is important to improve interactions and work as a team, talking through specific examples of their actions/behaviors that need to change. I would ask the employee to come up with an action plan, review it together and continue to coach.

I would ask the employee to complete a free personality assessment like 16 Personalities or the Keirsey Temperament Sorter. That awareness should help the employee understand others and how their type/style is perceived by coworkers. Actually, it might be a good team activity at a later date.

If the employee does not improve, then it’s time for the door. You tried, and you have documentation to warrant that action. I hope this helps!



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