Hiring Wisdom: Your Goal Should Be to Fix the Problem – Not Assign Blame

Dissatisfaction with bosses or co-workers is one of the most common reasons people leave their jobs.

So, at some point in time, you are more than likely to find yourself saddled with a rude or inconsiderate boss, or a lazy co-worker who isn’t pulling their fair share, or who indulges in malicious gossip or other inappropriate behaviors.

If this happens, be mindful that your goal is to fix the problem, not the blame.

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If a situation gets to the point where you need to say something about it, restrict your comments to what is or is not is being done. Forego the temptation to tell the other person what an absolute jerk he or she is.

No matter how appealing that seems, the reality is it can come back to bite you at the most damaging time — like when you’re applying for a better job.

Mel Kleiman, CSP, is an internationally-known authority on recruiting, selecting, and hiring hourly employees. He has been the president of Humetrics since 1976 and has over 30 years of practical experience, research, consulting and professional speaking work to his credit. Contact him at mkleiman@humetrics.com.

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