People are inheritantly good. Good can be found in every single person. But just because good can be found in every single person doesn’t mean that they are good employees or good for your business.
When hiring an employee, whether you’ve run them through a series of tests to see if they are suited for the job or if you just hired them on a gut feeling, there are times when they turn out to just not be great employees.
I’ve seen this happen over and over again. What I’ve seen is business people waiting too long to take action. If any employee in your organization is not doing their job, are unproductive or not embracing company philosophy; if they just don’t fit in and are causing disharmony in the organization then you need to be in action.
Here are three key points to follow with unproductive employees:
First, recognize the specific issues regarding the employee. Second, think about what steps may assist in correcting or improving the employee situation. Third, coach the employee, if necessary, and give everyone involved a time frame in which to see the expected results.
Sometimes, unfortunately, employee situations cannot be adequately remedied. If that is the case then it is best for the employee to seek other employment at another company and to leave your company with dignity.
It’s important to have company policy set as to how to terminate an employee. Follow all state and federal employment laws. But if someone is not doing the job they were hired to do then find someone who can.
Back in the ‘old days’ they would say: “One bad apple can spoil the whole bunch.” It’s just as true with unproductive employees. Their lack of enthusiasm and lack of productivity can spread like a virus throughout your company.
Don’t be the CEO, president or business owner who says: “You know, I should have done something six months ago…” By then the damage is done and you’ll be on damage control for an indefinite amount of time.
Hanging onto unproductive employees is simply not beneficial, and ultimately not profitable, for your business.