Bad Apples: How to Manage Difficult Employees, Encourage Good Ones to Stay, and Boost Productivity

Bad Apples: How to Manage Difficult Employees, Encourage Good Ones to Stay, and Boost Productivity

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Don't let one rotten employee spoil a good bunch!

The truth is, some people just don't cut it. But as a manager it's your job to keep the team productive - so what can you do?

From figuring out what is a real deal-breaker and what laws allow you to fire someone, to making the best of a team despite one or two bad players, Bad Apples is your guide to neutralizing the working atmosphere.

With this simple and straightforward guide, you will learn how to tackle different types of bad employees and their behaviors, such as how to:

- Calm down a combatant
- Motivate a waster
- Silence a gossip
- De-arm a backstabber
- Convince a passive-aggressive to open up
- Teach a narcissist the importance of the team.

Complete with situational advice and case studies taken straight from the trenches, this book is essential reading if you're looking to ensure a pleasant, productive - and fruitful - work environment.


All too often managers are left to fend for themselves when it comes to managing their staff. Managing Bad Apples makes coexisting with the 'problem child' employee easier by delivering simple practical guidance to the novice and the expert manager.
- David Lewis, President of OperationsInc - Human Resources Consulting.

As promised in the introduction, the authors deliver with tips and advice for how to minimize the impact the "bad apples" have on any organizations and most significantly, the impact they have on good performers. This book provides valuable information that will be useful to anyone who manages people.
- Sharon Armstrong and Barbara Mitchell
co-authors of The Essential HR Handbook

Everyone deserves a fair chance. If there is any possibliity of turning a problem employee into a productive one, this book will show managers how to do it.
Sharon Anne Waldrop
author, The Everything Human Resource Management Book

"Being able to climb the career ladder means all managers must learn how to handle employees who are 'bad apples.' Finally, here is a book that takes the mystery out of dealing with difficult employees. The book provides easy-to-follow steps for identifying and dealing with bad apples and is a must read for anyone wanting to get into management, anyone who is a new manager, or anyone currently in management who is trying to deal with difficult

Lisa Quast, award-winning author, "Your Career, Your Way!"