There's no doubt that rebellious employees can add some kinks in the system when trying to keep operations running smoothly. They may presume to decide which of their assigned duties are worthwhile and which aren't. And they may demand more attention and credit than their peers.

But there are two sides to every coin. The very things that can make these individuals problematic also can make them exceptional. Because they tend to see things differently than others, they often provide outside-the-box suggestions. And they may offer excellent focus and skills on the things they think important.

Other staffers notice this dynamic and may resent the extra credit and attention their difficult peers receive. This writer offer anecdote with some advice on how to provide rebellious individuals what they need, get what you need from them, and keep other employees from feeling ignored or dismissed.

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