Do you know those people who are all talk but no action? You know, the ones who say they’re going to do this or that but never do it or always talk about the great ideas they have but never even so much as put their ideas on paper? Well, it doesn’t just happen in our personal lives but we have these employees in the workplace with us too.
Where are they at your place of work? I’ll give you some hints. They’re the ones you hear making excuses and/or deflecting blame to others for their lack of performance, motivation, or ability. Here are some of the things you’ll hear them say:
- “This place is driving me up the wall. I need to get myself another job.” – Ok, so why are you still here?
- “We can’t get anything done because we have no money.” – Well, maybe you need to think outside of the box and find a way to get things done with less. It’s called creativity.
- “There’s no education money at this organization. If they don’t want to invest in me, then they can’t complain when I don’t know how to do something.” – Point taken but if you just spent a few minutes on the internet, you could probably find low-cost or free continuing education and training for yourself.
So, what’s the moral of the story? Talk is cheap. If you’re hearing a lot of “talk” in your organization, you may have invested your time, money, and resources in the wrong people.
They are definitely cheaper though. You don’t need to spend extra money to train or educate them because they don’t want to learn. You don’t need to put in that extra effort to engage them because they are stubbornly disengaged. You don’t need to invest the energy in asking them for their ideas because they only know what the problems are, not the solutions. You don’t need to devote time to growing and developing them because they only want to do the minimum of the job.
So, take that time, money, energy, and resources and reinvest them in people who act – people who are proactive, tactful, and impactful, not those who distract, overreact, or subtract. You’re exceptional employees may be a little more expensive but you’ll get a much greater return on investment.