The workplace is no place for rule breakers, right? Actually, wrong. While people shouldn’t be unethical, skirt safety rules, or jeopardize the success of the organization, the rebels in your group can be beneficial in these ways:
Employees become more creative. When other employees see a co-worker questioning the status quo or rejecting a bad idea, they are more likely to think for themselves, speak up when they see a problem, and share better ideas and solutions.
Decisions improve. As more people challenge bad ideas and search for better alternatives, productivity, efficiency and results improve.
Expectations and performance rise. Oftentimes, people don’t speak up because they are comfortable with the way things are—even if that hurts innovation and productivity. As people rebel against the status quo and try to move the company forward, others will follow and positive changes will occur.
—Adapted from “Why Rebel Employees Are Hard to Manage—And Good for the Bottom Line,” Drew Hanson, Forbes, www.forbes.com.