June 01, 2019

Dealing with Entitled Employees

Navigating Entitled Employees

Everyone has at least one employee who feels “entitled.” You know, the one with selfish behavior in the office, or the one who always feels he or she has been treated unfairly. Employees who feel entitled think that they are more deserving than others, which can cause tension and issues to arise in the workplace. Negative consequences abound for other employees and management when an employee feels entitled. The manager will find it difficult to balance supervising this difficult type of employee and minimizing conflict with other employees.

Need help dealing with this?

A study in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology offers some insight for managers with employees who feel entitled. According to the research, entitled behavior “manifests as complaining a lot, requesting a bigger raise or more resources than others without additional effort, blaming external factors, and thinking others treat them poorly.”

When dealing with an entitled employee, the experts recommend harnessing this negative energy and redirecting it into productive behavior.

The experts at Optimum Employer Solutions have gathered some tips for accomplishing this difficult task:

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