Do You Have a Low Performing Employee?
All managers eventually bump into an employee whose performance is not up to expectations. Maybe it’s a temporary issue with the person, or you observe a pattern occurring that impacts the productivity of your department. When you manage employees, you have to handle this issue quickly, otherwise you are setting standards at a lower bar and your responsibility is set performance expectations.
If it’s a high performer who had a bad week, check in to see if they have any work issues and need help with solutions. Sometimes it’s just a bad week, yet you can’t afford to let it slide. Calling an informal meeting allows you to work closely with this employee without making it a major performance issue.
More chronic low performance issues need more structured intervention. For more ideas on how to handle low performers, read “Managing People – Dealing with a Failing Employee, ” on WiseWolfe Coaching Blog.
Be an active manager…interact with your employees on a regular basis. Let them know your expectations in a respectful manner and they will have the direction they need to perform. If they are struggling, find out why and guide them to the level of performance necessary for the role. Sometimes an individual will never be able to meet the performance expectations and then you need to make a different decision.
Be an active manager….
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