October 5, 2017
Signs YOUR Employee is stabbing you in the back
Workplace politics can be a dangerous mine field to navigate.Recently wrote a blog post on how not to be intimidated by your employee ( see here). But are there times when you DO need to worry? The answer is Yes! Here are signs to recognize on when your employee is trying to shaft you.
- Closed Doors- Nothing good usually comes out of closed doors. When you find your employee constantly behind closed doors with one or more co-workers, chances are they are whispering about you and working on a plan of action against you.
- Going Above You; Whenever your employee goes above your head without consulting you, it is one of two things. First, they want recognition from a superior and second they are usually trying to make you look bad.
- Your Gut Instincts Warn you- Over time, your gut instincts have been honed by previous experiences and as such is usually a good warning signal when something is about to go wrong. Always follow your guts and protect yourself. If you have a suspicion about your junior employee, you are right in some way- the goal is to avert the trouble before it comes upon you.
- Divided Team: When that employee disagrees with you publicly in a very nice, sugary way, your antenna should really go up. What they are really doing is aligning against you. They are making it out that YOU are the problem to the growth of the company; they agree, but it is just you that disagrees, so with you out of the way, work should run smoother. In this scenario, they have put the blame squarely on your shoulders.
Be Proactive- you worked hard for your position, so work also on keeping it. It is hard to find loyalty in a work place full of politics, so don’t expect it. Welcome it when it is there but don’t go about looking for it- you avoid disappointments this way.