Published On: Wed, Feb 19th, 2020

Dealing with Unproductive Employees!

By: Robert S Curry  Dealing with unproductive employees! If you are a business owner who has a weak manager, deal with it. Even though the rest of the managers may be talented and productive, the unproductive manager usually does not improve. Typically what happens is the stronger managers start declining down to the weakest manager’s level. Either the other managers slow down their production, or they leave the company. Frustration builds with the other managers because the owner has not dealt with the weak manager’s poor performance.

Dealing with unproductive Employees – I have witnessed this in companies where there are dominant, high-quality, productive employees. Other employees didn’t care and did the minimum. Unless the owner acknowledges the weak manager and fixes the problem, the situation usually gets worse. The owner should reward the value staff and weed out the poor performers. If he does not deal with the problem, the productive employees will eventually feel unappreciated for working hard. The productive employees will progressively slow down to the unproductive pace or leave the company. It is the business owner responsible and accountable for the resolution of this problem.

The owner must deal with unproductive employees, or the company will suffer or even fail.

Dealing with unproductive employees. The best way to handle non-performing managers is to meet and discuss the problem with the manager. An owner needs to provide the manager with direction on how to improve his performance. He should regularly monitor the progress with a deadline for when the poor performance must improve. The owner must document the issues in case the problem leads to termination. The person’s personnel file should document written details, including dates, times, of the meetings with the owner. The record should document the reasons for the termination. A labor attorney should review this information to reduce the legal exposure of the terminated employee.

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- Robert Curry is an author, seasoned business coach, and successful turnaround specialist. Earlier in his career, he served as President and CEO of three different companies, the largest with annual sales of more than $1 billion dollars - all which experienced successful turnarounds under his management. In the late 1990s, he started his turnaround consulting firm, and for the past twenty years, he has turned around more than seventy distressed companies in many different industries helping each to establish a strong management team and become profitable. He has published two books: "From Red to Black" and "The Turnaround." He resides in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with his wife, Esther.

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