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If someone on your team hates their job, what do you do?

SmartPulse — our weekly nonscientific reader poll in SmartBrief on Leadership — tracks feedback from more than 190,000 business leaders. We run the poll question each week in our e-newsletter.

Last week, we asked: If someone on your team hates their job, what do you do?

  • Nothing — it’s up to them to find happiness: 7.24%
  • Point out the good things about their role: 27.35%
  • Change their role to make them happy: 7.81%
  • Encourage them to find another role: 57.6%

If you don’t like the job, take action.   We’ll frequently have team members who aren’t happy in their roles.  Your job as their leader is to help them find their passion for their job.  One way to do so is to help them see their work through a different lens and point out the good about their role.  The second is to encourage them to find a role that’s better suited to them.  Sometimes you have to push them and remind them that if they don’t like their role, they should actively seek out a new one.  Don’t just sit there and do nothing – push your people to where they’ll be happiest, even if that requires leaving your team.

Mike Figliuolo is managing director of thoughtLEADERS and author of “One Piece of Paper: The Simple Approach to Powerful, Personal Leadership.”