Who needs a course? Just get rid of them! | HR Fishbowl

eubanks-150x150-3836353I posted a miserable 5 times in August. And a couple of them don’t really count because I was just whining. I’ve been in the midst of finding my way on a new job, but that excuse is running thin. So I profess to be back. It’s great to reconnect and it didn’t take long to realize how much I’ve missed it. Ben Eubanks, a dear #TrenchHR colleague who I have Twitter to thank for acquainting us, really drove home the importance of staying connected with the social media community. It doesn’t really surprise me that it was he who came forth with this offer, because he just rolls like that…and everyone knows it, but it’s a timeless validation of why this community matters…like really matters! After reading my recent pitiful sob story about why it’s so hard to write while on a full-time job – particularly a new one – he selflessly not only offered to provide a guest-post, but he actually sent me one already drafted. This is a guy who also has a full-time job, blogs prolifically, and is a new father. It was the slap of reality I needed…thanks Ben. Any way, here’s his quest post…as always, worth a read!


So, I was digging through some old training records the other day in search of a specific document, and I ran across this training certificate:


Once I stopped laughing at the concept of the class, I had a few thoughts…

  • Is a 3 hour class really sufficient to train someone to work with difficult people?
  • What kind of stuff is covered in a class like that?
  • Why do companies continue holding onto those “difficult” people that are a drag on the workplace?
  • Maybe handling difficult people is just one more thing that we ignore, even though we already know how important it is to keep them out of our organizations.
  • I bet everyone can (like I did) think of a few people this specifically applies to in your organization. Bonus points if you leave a comment telling us about them (without mentioning any names).

This guest post is by Ben Eubanks. Ben has a lot of experience working with difficult people (heck, with his new-parent-induced sleep deprivation, he might even be one a few times a week). He lives and works in Huntsville, AL as an HR pro by day and an HR blogger by night. Want to connect? He’s on Twitter, LinkedIn, and uses that email thing, too.

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