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Have you ever lost sleep at night because you’re having a difficult time at work with a member of staff?

It’s not uncommon.

I work with a lot of managers. And whether they are a first-time manager, or have years of experience, they all have one thing in common. They all tell me they have “a member of staff who is hard to manage”.

So, let me help you get things back on track with these five tips:

#1 Look at yourself first

Before I go any further, it’s important to flag up that no-one (well, certainly that I’ve ever worked with) deliberately goes to work to be difficult.

So, whilst it’s a bit of an antithesis to the blog title, you need to get away from binary good/bad thinking. The notion that someone “is difficult to manage” suggests that it’s nothing to do with you. It suggests that…

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