Lesson 10 – Why Don’t People Do What They Are Supposed To?

Why Don’t People Do What They Are Supposed To?

How many times have you thought or said, “Why can’t you just do what you’re supposed to?” Here’s a list of possible answers to your question:

  • They didn’t know why they should do it
  • They didn’t know when to begin and end it.
  • They didn’t know what they were supposed to do.
  • They didn’t know how to do it.
  • They thought they were doing it.
  • They thought your way wouldn’t work, or their way was best.
  • They thought something else was more important.
  • They aren’t rewarded for doing it, or they aren’t punished for not doing it.
  • They are rewarded for not doing it, or they are punished for doing it.
  • They didn’t think they could do it.

(This information comes from a survey conducted with 4,000 employees and managers with various occupations in a wide variety of industries. Source: Ferdinand F. Fournies, “Why Employees Don’t Do What They’re Supposed to Do and What to Do About It.”)