How do you, as the leader, get people to do the less desirable jobs on your team?
Inevitably, there are some jobs employees prefer not to do. It’s important you rotate employees through those less desirable jobs so it doesn’t create favoritism or reverse favoritism punishment.
How can you reduce the resistance?
Give them a reason why you need them to do it. When you give a reason, it makes people less resistant.This is a powerful, yet simple, tool to get more things done. Click To Tweet
Here are a few reasons you could use:
- You need their help. “Hey, I could really use your help on this. This is a difficult task and I know it’s not a great job, but they really could use your help back there.” That’s a great reason, and it makes the person feel important.
- You’re the best person for the job. “You know what? You’re the best person for the job. You’re qualified. You have the skills that are needed to do it.” Remember not to be sarcastic when you say something like that.
- “It’s your turn.” If you’re going to rotate people through difficult jobs, you can just remind them, “Hey, we all have to take our turn on that job. It’s not something we enjoy doing. It’s your turn, and that’s why I need you to do that.” You’re being honest and open.
When you’re assigning a difficult job, give them a reason why you need them to do it so they are less likely to resist.