"Frankly My Dear, I Don't Give a Damn"

"Frankly My Dear, I Don't Give a Damn"

What a line. Rhett Butler in Gone With the Wind, walking out the door, Scarlett in his wake, sobbing and asking what she should do. His reply (yep you guessed it), frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.

Yes, great in the movies but in your office, well, not so. Still, you have to admit that there are times when you feel (even slightly) that some of your employees just might be saying the very same words, not aloud of course, but in their minds and then, in their actions.

Disenfranchised and negative employees can make for some incredibly destructive workplace angst. Forget about not being team players, they go deeper into causing rifts in office morale but here’s the thing.

Sometimes these disenfranchised employees are holding their employers hostage.

· They know how to do their job
· There is no time to hire, let alone train, someone else
· There is indecision as to the direction of the department so why make changes before there is more certainty

Yes, endless reasons why these (Rhett Butler-like) employees are well, tolerated.

But is dealing with a negative employee worth it? An employee that is negative and uncaring will eat away at the morale and the productivity of other employees. They are like a virus that can spread throughout the company.

So think about it. Is it “worth” keeping a “Rhett Butler” in your firm? As Scarlett found out, it turned out to be devastating.

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