Despite going through the herculean task of a thorough screening of employees, the company almost always ends up with one or a few low-performing employees. Most of these employees who are now tagged low-performing might have at one point been high-performance who became lax as time went by. Others might have somehow ended up with a job way out of their league and are struggling to get a hang of it or are going through something personal that has found a way to affect their performance at work. To be realistic though, some people are just really low-performers, no excuses.
Low performance should not be tolerated at work because it might gradually lead the company to its ruin. This is why employers should continue in their quest for top-notch employees and get rid of all low-performing employees. Here are a few ways low performers could affect the workplace;
- Low-performers could reduce the overall work output and productivity of the company especially when there are more than one. This affects not just the quantity of work done but the quality as well.
- The inability of low-performers to get their job done either on time or accurately could result in others having to their job for them. This could cause a delay in meeting deadlines or completing projects. It could also mean an all out repetition of projects that would otherwise be completed.
- When other staff are continually made to do the job that was originally a low-performers job, they could easily get demoralized. Imagine having to repeat projects over and over again just because one person or a few people can’t seem to get their act together.
- Other employees could start to slack off as well especially seeing that they get away with their low performance all the time. It really is unfair to have one staff unable to meet his job demands, while the other is being made to do both their job and the slacker’s. The hard workers you have could easily be influenced by the low-performers.
- You’re wasting both time and resources in keeping an employee that cannot and does not deliver. Assigning them to projects are time wasters because they hardly ever finish on time, and when they do, it’s almost always never done well.
- Low-performers are prone to making serious mistakes that could cost the company money. They tend to be slow and uninformed and as a result could make mistakes that would be grave for the company.
It’s clear that low-performers could not only be ruining your company but could also affect other employers’ morale and productivity as well. Try to spot them at work, keep a close eye on them and talk to them about it if necessary before taking a drastic step.