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How to Stop Babysitting Employees

There’s a price to pay for avoiding conflict

Conflict-adverse leaders have narratives that keep them from addressing behavioral and performance problems. Listen closely, and you’ll hear the familiar, “I shouldn’t have to babysit my employees.” Another few favorites include:

  • We’re all adults.
  • They’ll just have to work it out.
  • They were hired to handle these types of things.
  • I just don’t have time for these lower-level issues.

No matter what the justification, there’s a price to pay for avoiding conflict. Every conflict that escalates can traced back to a conversation that should have happened but didn’t. The discussion today is the lawsuit of tomorrow. Here’s how to stop feeling like you’re babysitting employees.

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