Frederick J. Sitzberger

Has it ever happened to you? The handcuff is a situation where someone else thinks they have you in the box unable to make any other decision but what they want. For instance, the employee says, “give me a raise or I will quit.”

If you look at my picture above you will be able to realize I have hit a few speed bumps in my life. It is my general rule to avoid speed bumps a second time.

Most times the person who is doing this is a speed bump. Some people will do this over and over again. You can continually give in, but they will want more and more. If you start making some money, they will try to take the profits out of your business by this action.

Remember, time is on your side. Time changes all situations but you must act.

In the above situation, I advise my clients that they should acknowledge politely that they do need the person. Give them what they want, it diffuses the situation. In the coming months begin job descriptions, procedure write-ups, or have someone else be trained for their job. It will mitigate your risk.

As time changes everything, the next handcuff may never happen. Sensing changing circumstances the person may change their methods, or if they don’t, you’ll be in a better situation to avoid this speed bump in the future.

As a side note, if you have a good employee, they may deserve the raise.