How To Deal With Employees Who Think They Can Do a Job Better Than You?
The ones who project themselves to be the absolute best at everything!!
Tough question. I believe the first step is to back up and make sure that the employee's job description is up to date. This serves as another great communication tool. These types of situations almost always occur when there is not a constant flow of communication. One employee feels or believes that he or she can perform better than the boss, supervisor, manager, etc. because they are not clearly focusing on their own tasks because they have not been given clear guidelines. Establishing a constant flow of communication helps to eliminate confusion and gives employees a sense of ownership over their own jobs. They usually won't look around to see that the supervisor's job isn't being performed well, because they have a clear understanding of what each role is and how it contributes to the overall big picture.
Can the employee do a better job? Is ego preventing you from letting your employee truly shine?
Let the employee run with it. If he or she fails, you have even more ammunition to put them in their place. Of course, you might be surprised at the employee's performance and the organization may fare much better because of the person's initiative, skill and vision.
Employees should be empowered to the best job ever. Thinking you can do the absolute best at everything, is something we often long to see in employees who lack confidence. If the employee is not really doing a better job, don't discourage them from trying to do a better job, or from thinking that they can over come each challenge.
Your question, doesn't say that the employee thinks that they can do -your- job better, but "a job". This may simply be a task that you both do or a task that you may be able to delegate.
My advice is that you shouldn't be concerned with employees who think they can do a job better than you. Just do the best job you can without being afraid of passing on your experience to someone who can use it to their advantage, so that they can do a better job. You never know what you could learn from your subordinates. Ask for their feedback, they may have valuable insight you may not have considered. As a manager, you need to be able to recognise the people in your team who can succeed you. Give them a succession plan, motivate and empower otherwise you could risk loosing a valuable employee.
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