In this episode of “Bella In Your Business”, Bella discusses getting rid of “bad apples” otherwise known as bad relationships. At some point in your personal or professional life you have had that person who is a vampire of your time or energy. And they can be very influential in your life.
You need to constantly take inventory because it is said you are the sum of the 5 closest people in your life. Bella says she sees a lot of pet business owners not “trimming the fat” of these toxic relationships when it is really necessary and they end up with “tummy aches”.
Bella Has Dealt With Bad Apples…
Bella confesses that she has had to deal with “bad apples” over the years. She reminds us that some “bad apples” may not have started that way. Life can change people. And sometimes it is even harder to get rid of someone if your relationship with them started out great.
Consequences To Keeping Negative People Around:
There are many negative things that can result from keeping “bad apples” in your company. For one, it could put you in a bad mood and that might spill out in the next conversation you have with a client or another employee. You may be disappointed in yourself because you know that you are being walked all over. Or you might feel stressed or scared over what retaliation might happen if you do dissolve or walk away from that relationship.
These types of toxic relationships are like a disease. They can continue to grow and take over more and more of your life and spoil a lot of things. We need to protect ourselves, our business, and our employees.
Are YOU The Bad Apple?
Of course, it doesn’t always have to be a bad worker. Sometimes YOU can be the “bad apple” as sometimes it is a bad boss. Are you the one creating bad relationships? For instance, if instead of helping and building up employees who seem to ask the same questions all the time, you lose your patience and yell at them. Bella references a recent article that points to bad bosses as being among the chief reason people leave their jobs.
But whether you or one of your employees is the bad apple, not addressing it can have consequences on your business. It can affect morale if employees see you treating another employee badly or if you accept bad behavior from another. If you allow a “bad apple” to stick around it takes the power away from you for running your business. For instance, if someone has a lot of job responsibilities and they develop a chip on their shoulder it could bring about a negative attitude that will multiply when you bring in others to start taking on some of that person’s responsibilities.
So when people have a “bad apple”, why don’t they take care of it right away? Fear. They might be afraid that by getting rid of that person there is some service or benefit that person still supplies that they will lose.
Don’t Fear The Break Up Of The Bad Relationships:
It could be fear of retaliation or of getting sued. For that fear Bella suggests that you have a good team of legal and HR professionals you use who can help guide you through the correct process. She points out that fear is just not understanding information. Bella says that if you have more information and knowledge you are more able to make better decisions in life. Do not let fear hold you back!
There is also a fear of who you will get to replace the “bad apple”. To that, Bella says always be hiring. Even when you think you don’t really have the business to support a new hire, still consider it. Because, if you find the right candidate and you have the right pricing structure and strategies in place, you can be instantly boosting business and getting the new person some work.