One of the challenges many businesses have is how to keep their most productive employees happy and motivated to stay with the company through difficult times and growth.

Ironically, at the same time, less productive employees have a tendency remain on the job.

Three of the more common reasons for this are:

  • The squeaky wheel gets the oil. All of the attention is given to those who are not performing their job duties satisfactorily. Those that do their jobs well are basically ignored, because the management has come to expect superior work from them.


  • Hear no evil, See no evil, Speak no evil. This is the “It’s not my job” attitude. Employees witness activity that is not in line with the strategic plan, core values and vision for the company, but turn a blind eye to it to avoid being a snitch.


  • Too many Chiefs and not enough Indians. Employees are promoted to supervisory and management positions based on their longevity with the company rather than their leadership skills. This results in more levels of management than are necessary, and a less than consistent directive from management to staff.


The major difference between the more productive and the less productive employees usually has nothing to do with their job knowledge and skills, but instead their attitudes and habits.

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