Avoiding Employees from Hell


Posted on November 26, 2014 in Employee Issues

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You’ve either had them or have worked with them: the employees from hell. They tend to do very little productive work and spend their time making a nuisance of themselves. And they know just enough about the law to “play the game.” They have you boxed into a corner so that you can’t fire them for fear of a lawsuit.

One of the best ways to deal with them? Don’t hire them in the first place. Fortune Small Business has seven handy tips for avoiding employee problems, such as:

  • 1. Know the laws. There are lots of federal laws that may or may not affect you, depending on how many employees you have. An employment attorney can coach you through this, too.
  • 2. Create an employee handbook. It helps prevent potentially fishy (and discriminatory) situations by ensuring that you treat your employees equally.
  • 3. Avoid time-bound contracts. If you commit to keeping someone as an employee for a certain period of time, you can’t fire her sooner without penality.
  • 4. Leave a paper trail. The more evidence you have in writing of problems with an employee, the stronger your case.
  • 5. Move out, not around. If an employee is causing problems, moving her to another position could aggravate the situation, not alleviate it.
  • 6. Choose wisely. Make the right choice at the outset by clearly thinking through your hiring needs.
  • 7. Don’t stick your head in the sand. Address personnel issues immediately. Seek the advice of counsel to make sure you’re handling the situations correctly.

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