How to Deal With Nitpicky Employees

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Nitpicky employees typically need to be dealt with in a very particular way for the best results. Find out how to deal with nitpicky employees with help from a public relations and human resources professional in this free video clip.

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Hello, I'm Darryle Brown from And today, we would discuss how to deal with nitpicky employees. We've all experienced people we consider nitpicky or very focused on particular issues that might be to some degree offensive or they're maybe an issue there that is left un-addressed when it comes to functioning within the workplace. In dealing with nitpicky employees, sometimes it can be a real struggle to be able to engage and work with them in a positive fashion. Here are some tips to help you to better address dealing with nitpicky employees so that you can help promote harmony and make the workplace a little more functional even with the differences in personality. Tip number one, do not ignore the problem. And when you look at a situation involving someone whose nitpicky, there maybe a reason why, did they have issue that because maybe they, their issue has been either ignored or left un-addressed or they were not satisfied with an outcome of a situation and whether you're an employee or a supervisor, if there's a problem there that is left un-addressed with that person until they feel satisfied and it's addressed, they will continue to carry on with a behavior that will help create more negativity than positivity within the working environment, and that is not a good thing. So, when, if there is a problem that exists, do not ignore it; find out what you can do to get the problem addressed. Tip number two, intervene quickly. And that means that if you're aware that a problem exists that's causing a person to become nitpicky, maybe there was not nitpicky in the past, but they are now because of a certain issue that's unresolved. Find a way to get to the bottom of what's going on and intervene. That is very important. Tip number three, look into the root of the problem. Sometimes there are situations involving people that it might not be everything it seems on the outward surface. They maybe nitpicking about one issue, but it maybe something else going on behind the scenes that is bringing that about that you might not be aware of. Sometimes the best approach especially when you intervene is to pull them to decide and find out what really is on their mind. What's going on with them? Did someone do something or say something that offended them and has been left unresolved? Or is it some kind of project that they're frustrated about or maybe there's a setback. It's really important for us to find out what's really going on; it really helps them because they will that you're taking what they, their concerns seriously and it really makes a huge difference in being able to get to the root of the problem, deal with it so that they can move on. Which brings me to my next tip, tip number four and that is to help the person refocus. Once the issue has been addressed and hopefully resolved, get them to refocus on the bigger picture.We're here to accomplish our mission, we're here to accomplish these projects and knowing that, that type of behavior, the negative behavior associated with nitpicking really pulls the overall morale, teamwork and sense of harmony down within the workplace, and also amongst the team. So, it's really important to help them to refocus on the things that are, are very important compared to what is, has, has transpired in the past. Get them refocused to help them get back on track and it will yield dividends toward promoting teamwork, harmony and diversity within the workplace. I'm Darryle Brown from and these are tips on how to deal with nitpicky employees in the workplace. Thank you for watching.


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