Many business owners have heard the expression “your business is only as strong as its weakest link.” This is truer than many people ever could imagine.
We’re all already aware of the many ways adding even one or two real go-getters and terrific idea people can supercharge the forward growth of a company. It’s high time we begin to understand that bad apples can be just as detrimental as good ones can be beneficial. Did you know that 84% of managers don’t know how to accurately measure their team members? (Human Resources Employee Engagement Statistics by Peter Lynch) Once you understand it, act upon it.
The employee who just can’t do it is actually creating more work for everyone else in the long run and can cause real resentment among the other members of your team.
Let’s take a look at three of the most destructive kinds of employee and examine what you can do to keep them from derailing the momentum of your business.
1. The One Who Just Doesn’t Care
Every workplace has one — or maybe even several — of these toxic employees hanging around gumming up the works. They’re the type of person that may cause you to wonder what they’re even doing there. Their heart is definitely not in what they do and they appear to feel no sense of personal investment in the company. They don’t even go through the motions of trying to make it appear as if they care. They just kind of show up and go through the motions. If you think other team members are unaware or unaffected by this type of employee, then think again. A recent Gallup poll showed that 18% of disengaged employees actually undermine their colleagues’ success.
You’ll be much better off filling your team with people who are interested in being part of your vision for your company. For every employee who really doesn’t care about their job, there are many more who would love the chance to take their place.
2. The One Who Just Can’t Do It
Sometimes we wind up having to deal with employees who do seem to care and do sincerely put in the effort… but just can’t seem to make the grade. An employee who is passionate about doing a job, but can only achieve poor results can be even more destructive than someone who doesn’t care. At least the person who doesn’t care is likely to get it right at least some of the time! The employee who just can’t do it is actually creating more work for everyone else in the long run and can cause real resentment among the other members of your team. It is also expensive – a bad hire costs your company thousands of dollars and a significant investment in re-hiring the ‘right’ person.
Let them go as soon as possible, but do them a favor and be honest about why it’s happening. It’s not an easy conversation but with any luck, they will work on things and do better at their next position.
3. The One Who Just Isn’t a Fit
Successful businesses are filled with members who work together as one toward a common goal. You won’t always get it right the first time.
Successful businesses are about teams and it’s important that all the pieces fit together in a puzzle-perfect kind of way. You have to have a good fit with the overall culture of the organization. Sometimes you wind up with employees that are capable, diligent, and really not bad in any tangible way… but they just don’t fit in with everyone else. While it’s fine to be an individual, someone who marches too much to the beat of a different drum is going to hold the company back. Innovation that helps the company grow stronger is something else entirely. It’s important not to confuse the two.
Successful businesses are filled with members who work together as one toward a common goal. You won’t always get it right the first time. It’s a matter of standing back and actively reviewing the performance of the people on your team and not being afraid to take action if needed. Fill your business with people who fit into your vision and your existing team without the need for a personality transplant.
About Kamal Bekkari
Kamal is the Director of Strategy Plus Consultancy, based in Gold Coast Australia. Kamal’s strong commercial finance background allows him to provide expert analysis of financial data, and implement cost-effective and efficient changes to help businesses improve profitability and revenue as they decrease business complexity and costs.
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