Grumpy Cat is an internet sensation. A grumpy team member - not quite so much fun.
Don't underestimate the effect an unhappy employee can have on the whole team. If you're working with someone who is casting negative vibes around the office like pixie dust, it's time to take some action to turn that frown upside down!
Here's some ideas to get things back on track:
- Spend time with them, one-on-one. Yes, seriously! Lunch, coffee, happy hour.... whatever fits your style.
- Then talk... but more importantly, listen! Tell them you've noticed them. That you care they're not happy. Ask what you can do to help.
- Be clear on setting expectations with them. Tell them how wonderful they could be with a more positive attitude. Give them a challenging assignment and allow them to rise to the occasion. Keep them busy and engaged!
Take them from this: :-( to this: :-) and watch the ripple effect on the whole team.
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