Do you think your team come into work to do a bad job?
From our experience, this can sometimes happen although it is rarely the case. More often than not, people simply don’t know what is expected of them>
Having an underperforming member of staff can be draining and can have a detrimental effect on the rest of the team.
Some managers shy away from having conversations with underperformers as they don’t want to hurt anybody’s feelings. The truth is; if you don’t deal with the situation promptly, employees will never perform how you want them to and this can be very damaging for your business!
Here are some tips on how to deal with an underperforming employee:
- Having a quiet word can be enough – There may be underlying mitigating and/or personal circumstances that are causing an employee to underperform.
- Offer extra training – An employee may feel they need training in a specific area, or you may feel they could benefit from a training course.
- Let them know you want them to succeed – Don’t set an employee up to fail! Be there every step of the way to encourage and support your employees (whether they are underperforming or not!).
- Check in regularly – Employees who feel appreciated will perform a lot better than employees who feel like they are just a number. Get your employees involved in different activities such as business brain storming sessions or asking for their feedback.
- Issue an improvement notice – this lets the employee know that they must up their game!
This topic is not easy to tackle especially if an employee has been underperforming for a long time. It can cause more problems and can be complex to resolve.
The Simple Take Is: Take action immediately you recognise that a member of staff is underperforming; don’t let it slide.
If you are unsure with how to deal with an underperforming employee, ask one of our HR Experts today on 01487 815720 or email [email protected]