Magazine article Management Today

What's Your Problem?

Magazine article Management Today

What's Your Problem?

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Q. I've hired a recent graduate and his interminable enthusiasm is irritating me.

He gets into the office before I arrive (at eight) and insists on remaining past seven. We pay him a pittance, and I honestly don't know what he's doing because the work I give him could be done quite easily.

I admire his commitment but his constant demands for more work are becoming onerous. What do I do?

A. He probably needs a bit of sympathetic guidance. He's got it into his head, perhaps from those toxic television programmes, that career advancement is best achieved through blatant self-promotion, a high personal profile and perpetual eagerness. On the assumption that he's capable of greater sense than this, and that you weren't altogether misguided in hiring him in the first place (I bet he 'interviewed well'), you should give him a gentle lesson in corporate behaviour: preferably off the premises and with a glass of wine in your hands.

If you were right to hire him, he'll respond immediately. …

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