Why do I have employees that I tell to do things only to find nothing has been done…

28 Jul 2013 admin In G+ Posts

Why do I have employees that I tell to do things only to find nothing has been done and then I need to do it? We will not mention the fact I have told people to do this for three weeks straight, and it took me all of an hour to get what they could not get done in three weeks done and organized…

Hmmmmmmmmmm – I smell and ass chewing coming on…

Hey managers and business owners out there.. How do you deal with employees that just do not get it? Do you motivate them with rewards or motivate them by taking away..?

I do not have kids.. but this can sure feel like it… sadly I cannot smack my employees back into reality like I would my own kid… 

Comments: 18

  1. my dad used to just throw 2×4 blocks at us on the construction site if we weren't doing what he asked.

  2. Brent Burzycki 28 Jul 2013 Reply

    +michael interbartolo thats how I was taught… do not do what your are asked.. get whooped or lose all fun things.. pretty easy equation..

    +tariq bensghir unless your product is a whip or electric cattle prod – It will probably not work.. I am pretty much done with trying to be nice…

  3. yep when I was 13 my dad fired me and I had to walk home 4 miles. when he was a kid his uncle nailed him to the roof of the house they were building using small nails. he could either roast up there and think about why he was screwing up or rip his clothes and come down early and have to explain to his parents why the clothes were torn. 
    kids today have it so easy +Brent Burzycki 

  4. Tom Gehrke 28 Jul 2013 Reply

    I remind my crew that they are paid to do a job and that if I'm doing that job for them, I don't see that they need to get paid. Or I give them a task that's even worse like attending a meeting that I didn't want to go to. I figure if I do their work then they can do mine. 🙂

  5. Brent Coltun 28 Jul 2013 Reply

    I put the fear of I will fire you or get you no hours and if I have to the worse if you keep this shit up.

  6. Brandon Larkin 28 Jul 2013 Reply

    Shit-canning is always an option. I was always taught to alway do your best work and be rewarded. Is there the possibility to cut their house until they can demonstrate competency/motivation?

  7. Jack Flint 28 Jul 2013 Reply

    Dude your are not respected if they ignored you for three weeks. Given the amount of time that went by I think you need to look first at your management style and then at the employees behavior.

  8. Elizabeth Hahn 28 Jul 2013 Reply

    Call Tabitha 😀  http://www.bravotv.com/tabatha-takes-over

    lol at getting nailed to a roof +michael interbartolo !  You had it easy just walking 4 miles! 

  9. Brent Burzycki 28 Jul 2013 Reply

    I do not believe it has to do with respect.. As I am not their only manager.. My issue was assuming their manager would have solved this with them…. After not only asking him but hinting it to all his employees…

    I think the solution is to stop hinting and start telling…. I hate babysitting.. I never needed to be told twice.. In most cases I take initiative and do things myself without being told… Clearly society has changed since I was a new employee..

  10. Brent Burzycki 28 Jul 2013 Reply

    Last thing I need +Elizabeth Hahn is someone trying to tell me what to do… I just need a cattle prod with money that shoots out of it..

  11. Elizabeth Hahn 28 Jul 2013 Reply

    Hmmm.  I will look next time I'm at Tractor Supply… but the money part might be a problem. 🙂

  12. Brent Burzycki 28 Jul 2013 Reply

    Maybe a prod that takes money away…

  13. Elizabeth Hahn 28 Jul 2013 Reply

    you really don't need to read the article.. link pretty much says it all. 

  14. Brent Burzycki 28 Jul 2013 Reply

    How about shock collars….. Is that wrong.. Its called positive reinforcement..

  15. Pete Kramer 29 Jul 2013 Reply

    I work with union employees where there is about a zero chance of me firing them unless they steal something or hurt someone so I really have to focus on my management to make it work. What usually works is explaining the why behind everything and why you want it done a certain way. Often I have found they only see a small picture and once informed choose the right decision by themselves. Also believe in them and respect them. They will often start doing things above and beyond if they see the respect. Always ask before scolding. 3 weeks is a little ridiculous but often I have found there is actually a decent reason why something didnt get done when a good employee is involved. Then comes the management piece of removing the barriers so they can get the job done. That still leaves the 5% of horrible employees which you have to deal with. When they do something wrong punish them swiftly and harshly. They soon get the picture they have no room to slack. If all else fails find ways to "encourage" them to move along in another career field. Just my two cents. Has worked well for me….

  16. Brent Burzycki 29 Jul 2013 Reply

    I have found there is always a reason for not doing something or not thinking to do something.. And also there is always a reason to do as little as possible… But there is always an excuse when something is done wrong… I find it interesting that nobody feels it necessary to step up when they do something wrong…. I tend to be the first one to say I screwed up when I screwed it up…

  17. Gordon C Burns 29 Jul 2013 Reply

    I used to directly pick one member of staff and appoint it their responsibility after a quick demonstration of what needed doing… They would get it done or appoint a lower member of staff to do it.

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