What Bosses Hate in Their Employees PET PEEVE: Every boss has at least one employee trait on the zero-tolerance list: Shoddy work, passing the buck and above all, refusing to look for solutions. Shreya Roy and Rica Bhattacharyya check in with top executives on what their chief grouses are.

The trait I don’t like in employees is indecisiveness. Especially if he or she is a team leader, because they then slow down work and the whole team. I absolutely don’t like to hear a half-baked presentation of an idea — when anyone comes to me without doing his or her homework on a subject and expects me to do their share of the thinking. It is also annoying when an employee is not a self-starter and requires validation for every decision. I expect an employee to be able to think on his or her feet- Gursimran Mann MD, Simbhaoli Sugars 

 

“I’m okay, but the rest are not.” One common occurrence I find annoying, is team members blaming each other when things go wrong; in effect, passing the buck. If, for instance, a customer deliverable is not met and there is a genuine crisis, you will always find people who insist that they did their job; even saying they went beyond the call of duty. The failure, though, was due to someone else not having done his or her job. There is always someone who will repeatedly maintain, “I’m okay, but the rest are not.” And often, this is just their perception of themselves. As a leader, I do not want to hear any of this. It could be that they did their job and others didn’t. But blaming after a failure does not help. The other thing I find hard to work with is narcissism- KK Natarajan CEO & MD, Mindtree

 

I don’t like to hear things like: “It is not possible to do something,” or, “This is beyond my capacity.” 
When people tell me some task is not within reach, I can’t accept the approach. With proper planning and execution, there is no task that cannot be achieved. You agree upon a plan and execute it in a professional manner. Chances are, you will succeed. I also hate it when people keep doing the same thing and expect new or different outcomes. I always ask my team what it is that they are doing differently. If you are not open to ideating, within a few months, someone else will copy the same thing. Any professional has to constantly keep thinking of new ideas and do something new to be noticed- Deepak Roy Executive VC & CEO, Allied Blenders & Distillers

 

One of the things that I often hear from employees who are asked for solutions is, “Oh, we have tried this many times before but it won’t work” or, “This cannot be done”. Here’s an example. At Intel India offices, we do not allow women employees to work beyond 8 pm, which, at times, puts them at a disadvantage. When I asked how we can change this policy so it suits everyone, I was repeatedly given the same answer. Eventually, they were able to find a simple resolution that did not compromise with either the Intel or government regulations- Kumud Srinivasan President, Intel 

 

One thing CEOs are never keen on hearing from employees is that something can’t be done. 
CEOs do not arrive at their position without extensive exposure to the market, so they have a fairly good grasp of its dynamics. If it could not be done, there are few chances that it would have been assigned. Also, CEOs do not like to hear complaints about problems for which the employee cannot suggest a solution. The job of a CEO, by definition, is to execute plans of action — not debate how difficult things are-Anuj Puri Chairman & Country Head, Jones Lang LaSalle India 

Source: The Economic Times

Date: 17th October 2013

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