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Are of ONE of these?

A while back we got a brochure at office to take part in the seminar "How to Deal with Unacceptable Employee Behaviour".
It was more for the principal and managers. Being a small office we really did not need to attend this as we have a culture - "Do it as you please - when you please - where you please - as long as you meet the deadlines".
Being a desinger I have never been in a corporate environment - well yes I was for a year in a corporate architecture firm here - but I quit the job...
Design or ideas cannot be time bound or specific, it is a process and a concept or idea has to be massaged, rethought and analysed many times over before one even draws a line. In short it is a continous process.
For me the shower is the best place to get best of the ideas....I sometimes forget I am showering...just waiting to get that Eureka idea like Archimedes.

So here goes a list of Unacceptable Employee Behaviour (At the end honestly comment and let me know if you are one or some of them or better still print this and ask your managers to evaluate you)
1) The Excuse Artist : Misses every deadline and goal, but always seems to be ready with a "good" excuse or to place blame and point fingers at others.
2) The Short Changer : Late to work, early to leave, "stretched" lunches, extended breaks....this person makes an art out of shortening and short-changing the workday, while leaving coworkers "holding the bag"!
3) The Intimidator : Everyone's tip-toeing around this person, lest they incur wrath and anger!. The Intimidator uses fear and bullying tactics to control coworkers and can single-handedly ruin an entire team.
4) The Gossip : The are guys who are waging a verbal warfare....everyplace, everytime....personal attacks, rumors,, carping and criticism are the tools of their trade.
5) The Clod : The master procrastinator who can come up with plenty of excuses as to why a task or a project hasn't been started. And when he does start the project it moves at snails pace..slowing everyone else down
6) The Downer : No matter what, this person is unhappy. maintains a consitently negative, stifling presence and spreads bad news.
7) The Minimalist : Apathetic and low-performing...these unmotivated workers can be counted on to give the "bare minimum". They turn up mediocre performances that are poor enough to frustrate managers but passable enough to keep them employed.
8) The Soap Star : Their continuing "soap opera" of personal problems not only hurts their own productivity, but distracts sympathetic coworkers.
9) The Itch : They need constant attention, reassurance and feedback....and take too much energy and time to manage, you often find yourself sacrificing job responsibilties to help them meet theirs.
10) The Smarty Pants : Challenges your management authority and questions management desicions and creates a harmful undersurrent of "anti management" chatter.

111 comments:

Solitaire said...

None of these! Wow I am so proud of myself! I think I am a good worker/co-worker! :)

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Cinderella. said...

Ok..that scared me a bit, amd made me thinik of myself.

I aint any of those, but well,

I denied staying till 10pm once to my boss flat out (coz the work dint have any impending deadline).

I like being frank with boss and team-members,and expect the same.

Though at my place evry person ahndles his/her projects on an individual basis.
Its a boss-me-client interaction. So I guess its better to lay the cards on the table without holding anything back, that might hapmer the job.

Where do I land ?

Neeku said...

None of these... however, I sort of recognize few people from my work... who fit some of the list :(

Ankur said...

haha... bhai inme se bahut saare traits mere jaise hai... :D

i take extended breaks coz there is insufficient work, i see ppl pretending they are working, which i cant ever do... :)

Also the fact that i dont like to stay till late, the last thing u shld ask a person like me to do, y shld i stay for the time i m not paid is 1st and 2nd i have a life to live!!! :D
:P
bhale hi ghar jakar main kuch nahi karoon ;)

Also i m against management when i dont find any decision of theirs inappropriate... :D

:)
Cheers!!!

τ ħ€ ĐάЎđяёάmёя said...

heheheh
m not working now..but I kno jus in advance I will have many of those traits wen i will finish up my studies and join a profession :P

lol

Nirmal's Blog said...

just started working........so cant really tell wher do i land in ur post..lol
i guess if i have all of the above qualities i will be a CEO in future..lol

brocasarea said...

hmmm..."The Soap Star"..sounds like a typical hindi serial!!...lol

m.flowerr said...

hmmmm...........nah...neither applies for me:)

Pavi!!!! said...

Honestly none of that applies to me.My mgrs keep tellin me they are lucky to have me (I swear, im not showing off!)

But there is one kind of unacceptable behavior i've been indulging in for over the last 6 odd mths thats not listed here..... Checking personal mails,chatting,bloggin during off hrs..really im spending way too much time on all of it.
But mabbe its alrite..coz my work gets done before the deadline 90% of the time???

gunj said...

i still havnt started working...hw will i knw a thing thr :(

Anvita said...

NA - not applicable

i am quite a happy go lucky person at work, trust me...so far so good hehe

ceedy said...

@solitaire

good...

ceedy said...

@cinderella

guess it is different for us as architectects....

since we tend to work exactly as you mentioned...we have to be kind of responsible for our actions....

well i dont think you do fall into any one....

ceedy said...

@neeku

good for you...and print and show it to them...the ones at your work

ceedy said...

@ankur

I like your honest comment....I guess we all go thru these phases...

as long as you can manage your relationship with the manager/company...it should be all fine...

ceedy said...

@the daydreamer

cool...and yes you should have some of these traits...warna kam pe mazaa nahi aayega

ceedy said...

@nirmal

ok...and best of luck....hope you do become a CEO that is funny too

ceedy said...

@brocasarea

yeah man....it is like saans bahu

ceedy said...

@m. flowerr

okies...good...

ceedy said...

@pavi!!!!!

you dont have to show off....

you blog and its language structure and our dicussions shows that you must be really organized and diligent :)

well i guess its a new age sin so to say...checking emails and blogging and we all are guilty...if there is something like it....
and i sometimes really wonder what people must be doing in the office 10-15 yrs back....

ceedy said...

@gunj

when you work...you will hopefully understand...
and do be one of this categories....otherwise its no fun

ceedy said...

@anvita

thats cool....

Satish Bolla said...

so far so good as this doesn't apply much to me. but at rare occasions, i tend to b "The Excuse Artist". but the reason will b honest as i'm the one n only person in my team n many new issues sprang up surprisingly to hamper my deadlines.

u get good ideas while in shower. for me, shower is a place where i attain my nirvana. i get peace while showering. no guesses why i stay in the shower for more than 30 minutes on weekend.

now, u plz don't laugh. i get good ideas while watching tv. sometimes while watching some movie, i get a very gud solution for some issue which's nagging me for quite a while. there r instances whn i went to the medical center in my company to think peacefully abt some logic as that's the only place where there's a tv in office!!! but most of the time, they'll b showing arabic news channels.... :(

Beauty and the BEast said...

umm I do have to be honest, right? So thank heavens nobody knows where I work but I would classify myself as the Gossip!! Well.. I suppose everybody has their own quirks!

g-man said...

i'm part 'the downer' and part 'the smarty pants' is that really really bad?

KP! said...

I fall into good employee category...:).

Hiren said...

introspection .... hmmmm... as per the managers i have worked with i am a very good employee and a delight to work with (i still wonder why ?? :)

i am a well known short changer "early to leave category" on Fridays (when i leave for home) and on the days when there is an important cricket match.

Pavi!!!! said...

@Ceedy :)Thanks. i love starting my morning hearing such nice things :)
Sigh! long wknd over :(

ceedy said...

@satish

I guess I can understand...as I am also one person team...I am some of these things at sometimes...have to be or else will go mad

re: shower - beleive me...I sometimes walk out without even getting wet or with soap :P...if I get an idea.....

and TV is new to me...how do you manage with the noise? to think

ceedy said...

@beauty and the beast

hehe thanks for being honest...yeah each one of us has our own quirks

ceedy said...

@g-man

I cant say if its bad or good - guess you have to ask your coworkers or managers...if it hampers your work or theirs....

thanks for being honest

ceedy said...

@kp

and after a while hopefully a good employer category ;)

ceedy said...

@hiren

well honestly looking at your picture - and reading some of your blog...you must be a real cool down to earth person...hope i am right (usually am ) and a picture says a thousand words....

and we all have our quirks I guess

ceedy said...

@pavi!!!!!

Glad you started the new week on a good note.....but am I right in my assumption?
Let me know as I am also developing skills to know people - maybe in some time I might have to hire...:)

and actually am glad to be back at work....holidays are a drag now - hope you know what I mean

Hiren said...

dude, u amaze & intrigue me .... well (writing this while i kick my modesty aside ..) thats quite a true assessment about me ... and you got this from the pictures ???? bhai ... sahi chee ...

wheneva i get any matrimonial proposal i will fwd you her pics to get the idea abt her personality :-) (just kidding)

ceedy said...

@hiren

sahi che ke nahi..I dunno...being what I am - I have over the years just learnt to observe everything...may it be building, friends, clients or family....happy that I was not wrong...

and yeah you can send me pictures of the girls....:P I surely will try...karvama su jay che

Hiren said...

bro, if you are able to this time and again & with fairly close assessments .. then you surely have a nice gift from GOD :)

ceedy said...

@hiren

hehe - thanks bro....
well I have put it out to test...check my comments with Pavi...waiting for her to confirm too...:)

also beleive me soemtimes it works against me....I seldom get a surprise :( cause I can feel something is cooking...

J said...

Oh damn.. there is no my type mentioned :P

g-man said...

o i'm still in college :) got just more than a year of it left

Satish Bolla said...

@ceddy
u saw "bruce almighty"? the scene where jim carrey hears lots n lots of voices in his head n get scared....
jus like that, there's always some noise in my mind that makes me neglect the tv sound. believe me, i used to practice for my maths exam with songs playing in the background. i love maths n music together

Pri said...

heehee...i shamelessly admit im a lil bit of each...what would u call sucha mix-mash?? ;)

Abreysham said...

no comments..bcoz am on autopilot.

what does Chintan mean? (sorry going off on a tangent here..)

vishvsambyal said...

Lol./..i guess i will find it out in time who i am...:-0...

nice read

ceedy said...

@g-man

ok...best ouf luck....for the real world then!

but you can still ask colleagues or friends if you do have some common projects etc...

ceedy said...

@j

yeah....music allows you do so watever.....:)

there cant be any category for you

ceedy said...

@satish

got it....you are fit to stay in a big city :)

your comment also reminds me of Pushpak and just recently I had a conversation with someone about the noises in Bombay that I miss here :)

Well you have a gr8 idea - Maths and Music

ceedy said...

@pri

there is no mish mash...guess each on of us goes thru many of them....

you need to ask your subordinates if any of these phases in you does hamper them...then there is a problem

ceedy said...

@abreysham

be careful - the fuel tank looks close to "E"

and "chintan" is a sanskrit word and it means what I do in real life all the time - introspection or a higher state of meditation

ceedy said...

@samby

ok...it will help you I guess in the future :)

d SINNER!!! said...

good list...wud dwell on them ltr...

RADhika said...

i am so confident that my boss will not rate me any of these!! :)
but i am sure he will add one for me - chatterbox... talks a lot.. but not always nonsense! :D

Sam said...

hey nice blog this. i m noone out of the categories you present. Would you mind me reading your posts ? you have good sense of humor, your posts suggest so..

vishvsambyal said...

Yeah...when I will have a boss!!! hehehe

Solitaire said...

Why have you been absconding from yet another bout of fun on Short and Sweet?

Princess Mia said...

hey mate pls update the url n name on yur blog roll, take care!

ceedy said...

@d sinner

ok....

ceedy said...

@radhika

haha....thanks for being honest...

ceedy said...

@samby

yeah or when you are a boss....

ceedy said...

@solitaire

busy @ work

ceedy said...

@princess mia

ok....will do that....

abreysham said...

you're right abt the 'E'- narrowly missed crashing my car yest, I was *so* exhausted.

Each time God pushes me to the limits I feel I will not make it. And yet, I dont know how but I survive.

I have a feeling He must get major kicks out of this, for Him to keep raising the bar each time. and then sitting back and watching if I will make it this time or not.

Romila said...

Good list, but all focussed on the negative aspects.

I see some of my co-workers fitting to this list but most (including me) of 'em actually perform & meet deadlines.

BTW, the titles of these points are so cool...loved "The minimalist" & "The soap star":)

Abhishek Khanna said...

all of them suit me..:)
wud u mind taking me in ur company :P

ceedy said...

@abreysham

well...if HE has fabricated you to be on the EDGE then be ready...cause you are his entertainement channel...

and no comment on asking me my name???

ceedy said...

@sam

hehe thanks....
why would I mind you reading my blog...I already invited you from your comment on my other blog...

you are welcome here anytime :)

ceedy said...

@romila

precisely...these are the ones who need to be taken care off so the list is negative...

good you are not one of them

ceedy said...

@abhishek

sure if you like the boss with the same characteristics :P

Am In Trance said...

Umm..
Nops..!! None of those...

Well I can say am a "Late Nighter"..

Yea.. That means.. I arrive late n' Go Very Late......!!!
The Company never minds it till I finish the Project in time..!!

Am too in Architecture..
But Difference is I do 3d Visualizations n' Animations.. Interior/Exterior/Walkthrus n all..

Atleast I Get A Good Sleep in Morning..
U Know Na.. How paiful it is to wake up and reach office by 9 am...

Phew..!!
:)

vEENs said...

None of the above :D

I am right now in a good position... co my manager is more of a friend than a manager... so we talk ..have fun and work all together!

but i think in this month he is been promoted and sme other gyu is taking his place... I hope the way wee work goes like this but wel... i m not sure of that :(

but well he will be there so.. i can tell him... if things dnt go the way I want :)

I have almost everytime met our deadlines... and if it i snot met.. it is because the job was a problem :)

i ve been till now in the good books... God!! and I just want to stay that way!

vEENs said...

By the way Ceedy... where have you been?!!

Are you very busy with work kinds?

I was you know...I was not updating my blog :( ... writer's block :( !

but I have not seen you in a while now :)

Karthik S said...

Well, I used to take more breaks but, if there is work I will be really sincere.

Cheers :-)

ceedy said...

@am in trance...

good to know that you are also in the same field....

yeah i think you are right - and as i described as a designer you never have a time bound...you do things at your own pace as long as it gets done

ceedy said...

@veens

yeah once you have such a relationship with a manager the next one always is a bit apprehensive...I hope he is as cool as the first one

yeah i am around just that work is taking its toll....so been around but havent been around - you know what i mean....hope i can catch up on the weekend....

well i dont have a block....but just time....hope you are doing fine too!

ceedy said...

@karthik s

hey thanks for being honest...and welcome here :)

Am In Trance said...

Ceedy !!
Nah.. Yaar.. The only thing we fear is the Deadline...

Raat Raat Bhar Neend Nehi Aati, Iske Chakkar mein...

Phew..!!

aneri_masi said...

whew! I thot I might show up somewhere on the list. Late to work, early to leave, long lunches is me, but I always finish my assignments on time. I guess i am just too smart for my job ;)

ceedy said...

@am in trance

I have passed that phase I guess...now my clients ko neend nahi aati :)
I sleep peacefully

ceedy said...

@aneri_masi

cool.....

Ankur said...

bhai.. i dont know ki how ppl say they dont fall into this... someway or other if u r an employee then u do fall!!!

but yes ppl from creative field.. may be... or may be not, do they think management is best??

Dont know!! :)

Cheers!!!

ceedy said...

@ankur

I know you are absolutly right....well we all go thru different phases I guess....

well in creative fields - there are two ways...
- if its a smaller firm - there is no management structure...we are small teams of 2-3 plus associate or a chief desinger and interaction with clients

- if it is a bigger firm then yes...the management is usually oblivious to how things get done and there is always a scuffle between the two

Pavi!!!! said...

@Ceedy: Yes u are actually rite with ur interpretation. I am a very diligent n organized person. Infact my holiday plans, wedding plans, packing for long vaccations, shopping....all of it is PLANNED on excel sheets n checked off n wat not...it actually gets boring for ppl arnd me at times! i cant help it.

i know wat ur sayin abt holidays b'coming a drag at times...but its been a while since that happened to me.

ceedy said...

@hiren

I guess I have that gift!!!

Pavi too agree with my interpretation :)

ceedy said...

@pavi!!!!!

Well you are two out of two ...not bad...

to understand read my comments with hiren above :)

and I just hope (really crossing my fingers) that you dont have an excel sheet where you log the time the comment came in and when you have to respond to it in the FIFO type arrangement....

brocasarea said...

u have been tagged!

Hiren said...

now there are many snaps on their way to your mailbox :)

btw that fair and lovely comment on QQ was hilarious ... hv replied to ur comments on Serenity and QQ ....

me too will pseudo-blogroll your page on ma blog ...

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Ceedy,
Yes, these are the usual problem employees in any business organizations. Each one must learn to sublimate his own interest for the beterment of the organization. Everybody must learn the essence of teamwork so that shared goals can be accomplished. Kobe Bryant of Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA proved this to himself when he could not earn a championship all by his do-it-all self. When he involved his team mates in the overall flow of the game, that's where they earn their championship. So it is in any group undertakings. The cooperation of everybody is essential for the success of the group. Thanks for the valuable post. God bless.

ceedy said...

@brocasarea

checked it will do it....

ceedy said...

@hiren

cool you liked it....send the pics...but remember I am single too :)

ceedy said...

@mel


yeah so true...about the LA lakers...welcome back....hope all your problems are solved with the computer....

have a great weekend...

Hiren said...

dude ... there is this rule of friendship ... never hit on a friends "interest" :) so m hoping you wont default on that :)

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Compassion Unlimitted said...

hmm..was a great motivator,long long ago so long ago,nobody knows how long ago..lol
tc
cu

Satish Bolla said...

@ceedy
am already staying in a big city which the people here call as a country. so u miss the sounds of mumbai? get some audio tape of the noises n enjoy.... ;)

Satish Bolla said...

@ceedy
only 6 more comments left to make it to the coveted 100 mark. now, satish dons a new role of spammer. i hope my office never read this as i'm supposed to maintain the email server in my office n now am spamming here.

Satish Bolla said...

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Satish Bolla said...

aur satish ne century maar liya. koyi prize hain kyaa???

ceedy said...

@satish

so my preparing the pitch was worth it....

congrats now I think you should keep a tab of your 100's on different blogs...just a record...

and jo prize chayeye bol...apples to zaroor saath bhejoonga :)

ceedy said...

@compassion

you really have lost your motivation...you are not even motivated to think how long ago :)

ceedy said...

@hiren

dont worry man....aisa kuch nahi karoonga....yeh mera wada hai...

Compassion Unlimitted said...

lol
tc
cu

Abreysham said...

=) <-- wry smile
funny thing is, even though I hate it at times, the edge has become a fascination now- life doesn't feel the same when smooth. I guess He is slowly moulding me into the shape He knows is best for me.

re: your name- sometimes your blog templates don't reflect that (well I'm talking abt the red & black one), but your writing does give off a sense of abscence of agitation.

ceedy said...

@abreysham

=) <-- sinister smirk

well all i say accept the design flaws and enjoy the ride instead of repairing them to suit....
that way you are part of the MASTER PLAN and can run smooth....

well i knew you will say something about the template...and thanks for the writing tho....

btw have a new story up...check it out....

and did you know...you are one of the only so called anonymous commentor but I still await you comments....

hope someday you can email me your existence ;)

and to make your day....hope you have heard this -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4AxQXmasg4

Abreysham said...

hey ceedy

I *knew* you'd do something like that sinister smirk!! you absolutely *have* to comment, no? :-)

have been crazy busy with stuff- havent read the story yet but will, soon- tried to vew the link but it says 'this video is not available in your country'- so there goes- and there's an interesting story behind how I stumbled upon your blog- so yes, I do hope I am able to tell you that, one day...

ceedy said...

@abreysham

ok...wont *comment* ;)

and the video was "living on the edge" by aerosmith....

Deepali said...

None of the above - though I know some people who fit the categories.

I think the list is cases of extreme behaviour. While most employees will not fit into these categories they all have some or the other weakness.

When it comes to my efficiency / effectiveness, I would wish I didnt have some personality trains that I do. I hate confrontations. Will try and avoid them as much as possible. Sometimes it negatively affects work. I have 0 ambition so my 'drive' is moving from one task to another to deliver what is expected out of me but I am never striving in a big way. I can be highly sarcastic and skeptical (not about all thing of course). Etc etc etc.

ceedy said...

@deepali

zero ambition...I like that...it makes life so easy...but I am sure it drives others up the wall....those working around you cause you have the "I care less attitude"

Deepali said...

Oh god no. Very rarely do I have a 'I care less attitude'. Highly task oriented if I have a task. The only time I might have that attitude is at the time of a promotion or something.