Talking with managers about employees who are failing in their jobs is part of my consulting practice. No matter what other work I am doing with a company, employee performance - or the need to change or improve employee performance - is always part of the discussion.
Most managers genuinely want to see people succeed at work, but they do reach their understandable limits. My input is always to make sure that managers are treating employees consistently and fairly, but that they are also looking out for their company's best interests. Knowing what employees want from work takes a manager down the path to the intersection of employee motivation and employee performance. Then, he or she can apply these performance improvement strategies.
I am also concerned that the appropriate HR policies are in place so that employees clearly understand the rules and the consequences.
Most frequently, I spend my time helping managers build their skills so they become ever more effective at creating an environment in which employees can and will succeed. These are the steps that I suggest managers follow when they have an employee who is challenged to succeed at work.
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