Would you voluntarily eat a three or four egg omelet, knowing one of the eggs had turned?
What if you were starving? Most people scream out, “No way!”
Then why does management and key leadership within organizations put up with the bad employee (bad egg) on their team? I see this over and over again.
You’ll have a team or department of people who work really well together. They are dedicated to the mission and goal. They trust each other and communicate well, able to voice their opinions and thoughts freely without ridicule. They are committed to the results and get things accomplished.
Then, you have that one person within the group that doesn’t quit fit in…… They show up each day and only do their part, no favors and never offers assistance. Their mood and attitude is self-serving and when the clock strikes 5 o’clock, they’re out the door. They’re there for their paycheck and not the team.
On paper, they are technically able to perform the job responsibilities but their personality and work ethic doesn’t fit in to the culture.
When I’m consulted about problems with team building and leadership, I make my suggestions to address this type of behavior and eliminate the bad egg(s) if things don’t change. In many cases, this behavior is tolerated! Why? Because management is so focused on today and not seeing the big picture. They feel paralyzed, not knowing who will fill those positions, so the bad egg is tolerated. They feel guilty asking the other team members to pitch in for the short term till the gap is filled, so the bad egg is tolerated.
That one bad egg, makes a bad omelet or team and will infect the others. Bad eggs don’t usually want to change because they don’t see that they have a problem. A symptom of narcissism.
Leadership needs to protect their team by making the decision to create a culture of excellence. Then they need to be dedicated to their decisions and take the necessary actions that is in alignment with the culture they are creating. Outstanding leaders know the path is not always smooth and comfortable. There will be periods of growth which will require more of the other team members but the goal will be worth the sweat and tears.
Create a culture of excellence and stop tolerating the bad eggs into your omelet.