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Remain Calm: It's all right to get momentarily upset with a bad call -- particularly when the #@$%*#$ umpire costs you a crucial run -- but quality workers get over it and move on. Players who curse and shout and kick dirt are almost always disruptive employees who will also whine that their cubicle has less square footage than their neighbors' or that the medical co-pay is too high or that the company should offer a matching 401K or that the company Christmas party wasn't held at a nice enough restaurant. There is no pleasing these people -- get rid of them now. No Fighting: It's softball, not the last working oil well in Fallujah. Players who trash talk or come to blows over a mere softball game will also lose their tempers and smash the glass on the office copier whenever there's a paper jam. Get rid of these people while you have vending machines that still work. Just be sure to have security around when you deliver the bad news. Be Prompt: This is obvious. If you're always staring at your watch and telling the umpire to give you just a few more minutes for the 10th player to arrive, you'll wind up waiting for the same unreliable guy to show up for work in the morning or return from lunch. He'll also be the first guy out the door in the afternoon. And yet, somehow, he'll still be late for the game. Team Morale: Infield chatter is generally good, but not when it goes much beyond, "Humm baby, we've got 'em now -- let's take two!" Players who constantly talk just to hear their own voices will also spend hours chattering on the phone and clogging the office e-mail system with 2 MB photos of their family or "cute" (and completely untrue) stories that you're supposed to share with six friends. They'll also make everyone feel guilty by bringing in candy from their kids' fund-raisers and setting a box by the coffee machine for your "donation." Dump them.
|You'd probably hire Jennie Finch whether she was a good softball player or not.|