Teachable Moment: Periodically assess employee maturity levels and correct poor behavior before it drains your team culture.
All of your employees will clash and disagree at some point. It’s a natural part of the team building process; every leader has witnessed their team work through conflict.
It’s what helps create great products and new ideas.
Until it becomes unhealthy and unproductive - stressing out your teams and killing their ability to collaborate.
While we’d all like to think that everyone in our team is a responsible and mature adult capable of managing healthy conflict, there will always be one employee who takes disagreements as an opportunity to go to battle.
And this level of immaturity is what will break the teams you build.
When maturity levels impede your team’s productivity and move conversations toward disrespect, they must be addressed immediately.
Look out for employees who:
- Yell or curse at others
- Storm out or abruptly leave conversations
- Close themselves off and offer no flexibility.
If you see any of these signs in an employee, it’s time for you to step in and address them directly.
Let them know about their behavior and the effects that it’s had on the overall team.
Every story has two sides, so it’s important to hear from their perspective and give them a chance to course-correct.
If they’re unwilling to accept the effects of their behavior or work with you to improve, you have one option.
Exit them from the company.
Periodically assess employee maturity levels and correct poor behavior before it drains your team culture.