The Difference between “Yes and” and “Yes, But”

So, your boss decided to hire the red flag-filled candidate, and as you predicted, it isn’t going well. While most employment in the United States is technically “at-will,” and the company could just fire the new hire, that’s not generally a practical solution.

First of all, it’s unfair to the new hire. Unless she’s done something incredibly awful, she accepted the job in good faith and deserves a chance. Second, unless her presence is causing a drop in morale, terminating her would cause a decrease in morale among the rest of your staff. Your best bet is to say “yes, and.”

To demonstrate see what happens, try this little exercise:

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  1. Great advice, if you are not in a position that is not the equal of this “troublesome” employee. When it’s your coworker who is a teammate who has poor job performance that passes the burden to everyone else, but somehow “appears so productive” when the boss is present, this advice will not work.

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