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How to manage people you don’t like

Ideally, managers have teams full of employees that they respect and enjoy working with.

Ideally, managers have teams full of employees that they respect and enjoy working with. In reality, however, there's often a bad apple or two that can cause tension with poor work habits or a grating personality. These workers might make strong contributions to the company, but still present a challenge for supervisors to guide and oversee. To motivate these employees, leaders can use reward and recognition programs. This strategy enables them to stay positive, recognize accomplishments and set goals for all workers to pursue, even if some team members are less easily inspired.

Business Insider suggested a number of tactics for managing difficult employees. These include:

  • Accepting that supervisors don't have to personally like all of their workers.
  • Identifying the sources of frustration and adapting actions accordingly.
  • Remaining positive with them – they don't need to know that their boss doesn't like them.
  • Focusing on their contributions and achievements.
  • Being direct about problematic behaviors.
  • Observing their relationships with other co-workers to learn what they respond well to.

Employee reward programs can help managers keep their relationships with workers positive and focused on achievements. According to recent Gallup research, only 13 percent of employees are engaged worldwide. Fostering greater degrees of engagement overall can help forge stronger team relationships and inspire all workers, even those with challenging personality types.

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