The Problem Employee: How to Manage the Employees No One Wants to Manage (Paperback)

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The Problem Employee: How to Manage the Employees No One Wants to Manage (Paperback)


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Healthcare executives must keep their problem employees in line (and keep turnover to a minimum) or fire them without incurring legal consequences. Yet, it is difficult to know how to bring problem employees back into line and to minimize and contain the damage they do. Many healthcare executives find the task to be a challenging, time-consuming, and vexing test of their leadership ability and patience.

The Problem Employee presents complete, clear, how-to-do-it strategies for managing problem employees and delves into 17 of the most challenging and diabolical problem employees that healthcare leaders are likely to encounter. This is the book healthcare executives will need whether they find themselves supervising a toxic, untrustworthy, pessimistic, burned out, lazy, overworked, cliquish, or childish employee -- or whether they manage a prima donna, a drama queen, a bully, a gossip, or even a slob.

What this book will do for you:

  • Provide an at-your-fingertips ready resource that you can use today and tomorrow. Read individual chapters right away to help you manage your current problem employee. But also use this book as a career-long on-the-shelf reference that you can return to again and again as you (or one of your direct reports) encounter new and different types of problem employees.
  • Teach you a tailored approach to managing the most common types of problem employees. There is no one-size-fits-all cookie cutter strategy that will work with every problem employee. This book takes a deep dive into 17 different types of problem employees. You'll learn what's behind each problem employee's unique behavior -- why a gossip gossips, a bully bullies, a prima donna is a prima donna, and a drama queen is a drama queen. Most importantly, you'll learn how to tailor your management strategy according to each problem employee's needs.
  • Boost your confidence. Managing problem employees is a difficult, sometimes confusing, and often lonely task. The Problem Employee will help you to feel more confident because you will know what to do (and not do), when to do it, and how to do it, step-by-step. As well, each chapter includes a bonus feature that will give you examples of policies, helpful tips to share with your employees, or lessons about the variations in problem employees that often crop up.
  • Teach you how to manage a star performer. While we can't classify star performers as problem employees, they do require special care and handling. This book includes a bonus chapter that addresses the special challenges of managing star performers. It also teaches you how to minimize jealousy and resentment from the rest of your healthcare team.

If you're a healthcare executive or leader who manages even one employee, The Problem Employee is for you.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1: Managing a Toxic Employee

Chapter 2: Managing a Bully

Chapter 3: Managing Your Team's Weakest Link

Chapter 4: Managing a Lazy Employee

Chapter 5: Managing a Drama Queen

Chapter 6: Managing a Childish Employee

Chapter 7: Managing a Gossip

Chapter 8: Managing an Employee Who Dislikes You

Chapter 9: Managing a Micromanaged Employee

Chapter 10: Managing an Overworked Employee

Chapter 11: Managing an Employee with Low Morale

Chapter 12: Managing a Cliquish Employee

Chapter 13: Managing a Distrustful Employee

Chapter 14: Managing a Pessimistic, Cynical, or Gloomy Employee

Chapter 15: Managing a Slob

Chapter 16: Managing a Productive Prima Donna

Chapter 17: Managing a Burned-Out Employee

Bonus Chapter: Managing a Star Performer.

Product Details ISBN: 9780984831111
ISBN-10: 0984831118
Publisher: American Association for Physician Leadership
Publication Date: January 29th, 2021
Pages: 246
Language: English