It is not true that it is always the responsibility of the person who leads or of the organization that the employees work well. There are many occasions when it is necessary to know how to recognize those employees that you must dismiss if you want to grow and project your organization.

Both in productivity studies and in those tools that ask for the behavioral profile and competencies of employees, distributed by HPI International, we have recurrently found three profiles of employees that hinder the growth of teams and organizations, making it more difficult to achieve the proposed objectives.

For this reason, this time I want to tell you the three employee personalities that you should fire if you want to grow with your project and business, without wasting any more time or thinking long and hard about how to train, help or save these people.

Fire “the victims”.
There is a type of people that I am sure you know them (maybe you are one of them and you don’t recognize it yet), and I am referring to “the victims”.

This personality type has an uncanny ability to find problems, confabulations and rationales to justify their performance and inability to do or achieve those challenges ahead of them.

It is never their responsibility and they are permanently attacked, boycotted and incapable.

They are people who frustrate the expectations of the team and the organization, because for every solution they have a problem.

Many times they are those “internal enemies” that generate passive and obstructive resistance and prevent organizations from growing.

Beware! They can be convincing and very manipulative, making many other people not only believe them, but pity them and seek to “ease their way”, sacrificing personal and collective capabilities and, finally, mortgaging growth results.

If you want your project to really grow, stay away from this type of people and make sure you do not have them in your work team.

Fire the “non-believers”.
Everything in life is contagious, both optimism and faith, as well as the lack of it.

No matter the challenge ahead, leading a project and making it grow requires trust, having a vision and believing that it is worth the effort to carry it forward, as well as putting the best of oneself to turn that idea into a palpable reality.

However, many times we will find ourselves with those non-believing collaborators, who before moving a foot are already explaining to us why this is not feasible.

It doesn’t matter if it’s because “the boss won’t allow it” or “it’s a bad time in the market”, maybe “the competition is better than us” or “we don’t have enough to make it happen”.

Non-believers break the morale and aspiration of teams, driving them to mediocrity and litany.

They would rather wait for things to just happen than create the change that is needed, because they don’t believe it’s possible, either for themselves or for others (until someone proves otherwise).

So, if you are one of those people who is hungry for more, the non-believers are those employees you must fire if you want to grow and achieve your goals.

Fire the “know-it-alls.”
Have you encountered those “know-it-all” people? If you’ve had that experience, then you’ll already know well the reason why they’re on this list to fire them from your work team.

No one has all the answers or knows about all the issues, however, these types of people who communicate this way and project that they know it all, do not allow you to find new answers (usually the innovations that are needed).

Then, believing that they “know it all”, nobody else wants to share ideas, innovate and propose new ways, generating a collective feeling of apathy in the face of challenges and the constant search for ways to achieve what is being pursued.

This type of personality damages the work environment, makes people lose confidence in their abilities and ideas, as well as losing the motivation to try the unknown in search of what is really required to achieve the goal you are looking for.

If you want your team to improve and become stronger, you will have to fire the “know-it-alls” from your team to open the doors and windows to new airs, ideas, debate and creation.

So now you know. If you lead a team, have your own business, or simply want to surround yourself with people who are better suited to make your projects work well, these three types of employees are the ones you should fire if you want to grow.

Source: Isaias Sharon