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Office is a place where all employees should work together on achieving company goals. These claims do not need to be always lies as many employees are hardworking and trustworthy. Nevertheless, those, who aim only their own target hide their intentions carefully. Spot them by not letting so easily go what they tell you.
1. I will help you.
There are plenty of people who mean what they say. However, you should be careful of the ones always telling you they take a look at the task you need to work on (i. e. they are more experienced), but they never actually do so. They constantly find excuses why they could not find a minute, even though they have never planned it. They try to be polite, but instead, they are treasonable as you rely on them.
Solution: If you need a help from your colleagues who can give you an answer or advice, always ask when they find the time to look into the issue. In 2 hours? This afternoon? Moreover, ask them to let you know if they cannot make it in time and give you a new deadline. If they fail to do so, do not waist your time and find another way to solve your task.
2. I have too much to do.
Again, there are employees who are busy all the time. Unfortunately, because of the ones who only pretend to have too much work, those with loads of tasks are not taken seriously.
Solution: As a boss, you can ask your employees to track their tasks and write them down, however, in case of secretaries it is rather tricky to do so, as the results are less measurable.
3. It happened because he/she...
Everyone knows people who seem to never make mistake. As we all know, these people actually do not exist. Therefore, as manager, spot your subordinates who seem flawless. The truth is mainly they not only hide their fails, but they also blame others for being involved in negative results more than they actually are.
Solution: Always, seriously always listen to both sides even though you like one of your subordinates more than the other one. Favoritism you make among your employees makes you often blind and you tend to trust only your chosen ones.
4. I have already started working on it.
Oh, this is great! Show me right now how far you are. ;)
5. Tomorrow I am having home office.
Unfortunately, some people know how to perfectly conceal they do basically nothing when they work at home. Do not get mistaken if you receive some e-mails from them - they just make sure you do not blame them for their laziness.
Solution: Check the status of their projects and specify what they should get done at their home office. No time for it? Then hire only hardworking people (again, there is a huge difference between likeable and hardworking people). If you cannot rely on your judgement of people's true motivation, do not allow home office at all.
One of the common mistakes we make is that we easily accept what we hear. We do not have time to analyse everything what we are told. However, let yourself take a break sometimes and think: Do someone's behaviour and results match to what the person say? Have I listened to all parties involved? Do I incline to trust someone more than others and why?
Another misjudgement rests on our favoritism at workplace. Of course, many of people we prefer to others already know how to turn this advantage we give them into their power. We are more suspicious towards those who we like less or who we do not really know well. But, remember, your nerdy silent colleague might be much loyal and valuable for the company than your office mate who you have lunches and with and you often laugh together.
Interested more about office life? Then read Why to Treat Your Boss Like Your Mother-in-Law And Your Customers Like Your Children? or 3 Golden Rules of Every Business Meeting.