"Human Remains" It is said that the only worse than losing a good employee is keeping a bad one. The good employees tend to find better opportunities with ease. However the unmotivated employees seem to stay forever.
It is to these remaining employees we refer when we use the term “human remains” refers to those employees that you wish would leave – but don’t. Although we would love to get their resignations and perhaps even dream about their absence from our organization, the truth is they are very capable people. Even you agreed to their talent at one time – because you hired them and let them stay after their probationary period.
So why do we have “human remains” in almost every organization?
There are several leading reasons for human remains:
They are better suited for a different position than the one they have. In other words, they need a better job fit.
They do not feel appreciated by their supervisor. Surveys show people leave people, not companies. However many lack the motivation to seek another position within the company or at another company so they stay in an unfulfilling job. It is beneficial for a company with several “human remains” to do a multi-rater feedback program to find out how to engage their employees to a higher degree.
Their ideas have not been acted upon or appreciated. They are now suffering burnout, biding their time until retirement or until a new management team can see them for their talent.
It is beneficial for any organization to recognize their “human remains” and work at reengaging them to the vision and goals of the organization through creative methods. Problem people can be turned around with great results.
In the book Life's Leadership Lessons, there is a story about Yvonne, an employee at a Kmart store located between Detroit and Cleveland. She went from the person everyone hid from to the person that people ran to for help. In the article “Why We Have So Many Problem People in the Workplace” there is a clear picture of how someone can go from “Human Remains” to “Employee of the Year”. (Click here for a free copy)
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