Imagine that you’re a manager in sales, and one of your team of salespeople consistently tops the sales figures so always earns the most commission whilst generating the most profit for the business.
But as a manager you want your team to be successful collectively, to help each other rather than compete with each other.
Your top salesperson isn’t a team player. This person will do anything to stay top of the sales tree to the detriment of other members of the team. This results in disharmony and low morale within the team. As a manager, this is a problem for you.
This is not the most pleasant component of a manager’s job, but if you manage people, you will eventually encounter a situation in which you need to manage a negative person—for the sake of your other employees and the team.
You may have the urge to let it go and hope the person just quits, or the situation eventually gets better on its own. But trust me, it won’t.
So how can you handle this type of person calmly and professionally?
Here are 5 ways you can manage a negative employee: