There are three types of difficult employees in the office that seem to constantly cause workplace conflict. Over the past few weeks, we’ve discussed the ‘Drama-Queen’ and the ‘Victim’ type. This week, we will talk about the ‘Nonconformist’. These three types of difficult employees can be dangerous to an organization, and cause toxicity in the workplace. It is important to know how to deal with difficult employees like these, to increase productivity and improve employee engagement.
These employees just want to rebel, regardless of the cause. They won’t follow procedure and are most likely actively disengaged at work. Don’t get into a power struggle with them. Instead, try working with them, not against them. According to Inc., “a rebel is [often] nothing more than an independent thinker who wants to make a difference in the world, rather than just following along with what others tell them. If you can put these qualities to work for your organization, you may find you have an employee who can help your organization grow.”
Still, a nonconformist can create a toxic work environment, which could drive the more productive employees—that follow the rules—away. Whether nonconformists are an asset to your business or not, they can have a negative impact on their coworkers’ morale and engagement. Company policies should always be enforced.
Overall, knowing how to deal with difficult employees is always a hard task for management. However, by identifying the problem employees, it is possible to manage difficult employees or remove them from the organization, making room for those employees who move the company forward.
What kind of difficult employees do you have in the workplace? Tell us about them in the comments section.