Whenever you hire new staff, you need to make sure that adding a wasp to the mix doesn’t unsettle your current worker bees.
Watching them with eagle eyes during their trial time is ever so important, but remember they can paint on some different stripes for a few days. Sooner or later, the war paint will wear off and they will show their true colours, so to speak. It is your job as the Queen (or King) Bee to enforce some policies into your establishment, as without rules everyone would just be running riot, probably with no pants on.
There are heaps of different characters in the workplace as, of course, everyone is unique. I have here the most common bad traits seen when people pop their working cape on, but please bear in mind they can, and usually will, have amazing traits that go alongside the little bad ones. Nevertheless watch out for these little bees when hiring time arises:
Moaners tend to (obviously) complain a lot, and they don’t often take accountability for their actions, are full of excuses and enjoy playing the blame game.
Advice: Listen to their moan, but call them out on it when they take a breather. If you don’t, they’ll just continue on and on.
Pessimists are very intelligent workers but do tend to enjoy the negative side of life. They are capable of advanced sarcasm, which can be quite funny, but they often mix it with arrogance; which can prove to be quite offensive to your current bees. Others can feel really put down being around them, and even though when they are told they are being controlling, they don’t usually change and proceed to drain the happiness from everyone.
Advice: Try sitting them down and asking them to change their tone, as it is too harsh for your current bees. If they don’t respond sarcastically; they are learning. Job well done.
Now this lot are little micromanagers, even if their role isn’t even close to that of a manager role. They are often little perfectionists and easily get frustrated at others, sometimes ignoring people’s personal space and feelings quite early on in their job.
Advice: Communicate clearly where their responsibilities lie and don’t stand for gossip in the workplace, as it really is none of their business.
Optimists are great little bees to employ! They aim to be liked by everyone and so will go out of their way to help others in order to maintain a pleasant work environment for themselves. They do however put themselves through ordeals in order to go out of their way to help others, and end up suffering themselves by trying to do eight things at once, with only two hands.
Advice: They need a guiding hand. Set them clear work boundaries and don’t let the other characters take advantage of them.
Personalities are obviously bound to clash in any workplace, so it is your duty as the big boss to clarify roles within your team and intervene when the time is right. It is their job to be mature, ungossiping and calm adults when they are at work.
If you need to intervene, sit them down, talk it through and act as the middle man. Nine times out of ten the problem can be sorted swiftly when everyone is just being outright and honest. That one other time? You may need to consider the fact that your bee just might not be suited to you/your bees/your nest; and thus must make the difficult decision for them to basically just buzz off. It’s hard, and you should tell them in a nicer way than that, but everyone will be a lot happier when you do.
You will find in your time that you will hire bees from all different personality traits, but the true golden ticket is when they all work well as a team together and embrace each other’s quirks and differences. It’s when it gets out of hand is the issue.