With New Employees It Is Easier to Put in Good Habits than to Change Bad Ones

Once your employee has learned a bad behavior, changing it will take considerably more time than would have been required to put in a good one. I am sure someone will have the answer to why it happens, but all too often a employee will learn a bad behavior in a split second that can be very difficult to change. Putting in a good behavior to replace it will take more time and more repetitions.

Do not feel your employee knows and will consistently offer a wanted behavior simply because he does it a few times on command. Often, we desire a behavior to be automatic with no command. If we are consistent, that behavior will become a natural and accepted habit.

Initially we provide guiding actions, controls, and controlling equipment, such as checklists. We also control with our voice and our body. Plus, we lure, reward, and reinforce the wanted behaviors to show our employee what is expected in everyday situations. Do it enough and the behavior you are guiding him into will become a habit. A well-behaved employee is simply an employee with good habits!

When training an employee, it is important that we do not make mistakes that create an unwanted behavior. Think ahead. Do not make a big issue out of imperfections, but learn from them and work to create a better action and avoid the imperfection the next time.

We are really helping the employee to learn. The employee should come to see our actions as rewards or non-rewards — and not be fearful of us in any way. The “reward” can be praise or another positive result. A “non-reward” does not mean punishment, but simply that you withhold the positive result. This way he will want to work with us and please us within the partnership. By thinking ahead and using common sense, we can achieve that.

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2 thoughts on “With New Employees It Is Easier to Put in Good Habits than to Change Bad Ones

  1. Ahh! I thought while reading, “This is advice for dog owners or parents of small children.” So it is. It is terrible advice for bosses and business owners. In my forthcoming book on interviewing and selecting, I suggest it’s becoming increasingly critical for interviewers to discern candidates’ levels of situational awareness and critical thinking. With an abundance of those “skills”, behavior training becomes irrelevant.

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