It’s never easy dealing with underperforming employees. Sometimes one employee can bring down the whole team. If you’re dealing with an employee like this, here’s a few tips for turning them around…
Make sure they know it’s a big deal: Sometimes performance is just an effort problem. Make it clear that it takes an effort to guarantee a strong performance. Also make it clear that strong performances keep the paychecks coming. Hopefully this will be the push they need to excel.
Provide motivation: When you’re making a plan of attack, set goals and reward your employees for their excellent work. If you give employees a reason to perform well, they probably will. If they feel undervalued or stuck, their performance will stall and you’ll have a problem on your hands.
Stay in touch: Keep a pulse on things. After you make a plan, make sure you don’t lose touch of what’s going on. Keep an eye out and advise when necessary. You can monitor what’s going on without micromanaging or stifling your team’s creativity.
Do what you’ve got to do: At the end of the day, business is about results. When someone is repeatedly coming up short, sometimes you have to face reality and make the hard decision. It’s never pleasant to let someone go, but it may be best for all parties involved.