If a new friend asked you for guidance every time he made a move — from picking out his outfit, to deciding where to eat lunch, to choosing what TV show to watch — you'd stop answering his texts. That kind of neediness is incredibly hard to deal with and no one would blame you for walking away from the relationship.
But in the workplace, it's a bit more difficult to dodge these needy individuals — managing people who require more hand-holding than the rest is pretty much inevitable.
Every manager has, or will at some point, overseen an employee who needs constant attending to. Whether it's making unrealistic salary requests or asking questions before seeking out answers on their own, managers can easily pinpoint needy employees. The tricky part, however, is figuring out how to appropriately manage these people without getting in the way of their career development.
In hopes that high-maintenance employees will become more independent over time, you might be tempted to keep your distance. While this tactic might free up schedules in the short term, putting these employees' needs on the backburner will only hurt in the long run. Failing to cater to that person can damage morale among your entire team — who are often left to deal with their colleague's unsolved problems or requests.
So rather than ignoring the issue and just hoping it improves, try these five strategies: