When employees’ performance, behavior or attitude has you concerned—or prepared to hand out pink slips—take a step back. Often the problem has more to do with bad job fit than bad employees. Here are signals that you have assigned the right people to the wrong jobs:
• People are bored. They don’t talk passionately about work or show enthusiasm even when they receive good news. Reengage them by offering them new responsibilities.
• Employees consistently fall short in one area. They may complain about the task, procrastinate on it or continually hand in shoddy work.
You may just need to train them. However, if it is a matter of an employee disliking a task, have a direct conversation about how everyone has to complete undesirable assignments from time to time, and establish expectations.
In some cases a great employee doesn’t have the ability or demeanor to complete the work. In that case, find tasks that more closely fit the person’s skill set and personality.
• Work is finished very quickly. If employees breeze through assignments and then have nothing to do, the work isn’t challenging enough. Delegate more responsibility or more difficult assignments to them.
— Adapted from “Right Employee, Wrong Job? Here’s What to Do,” Brittney Helmrich, Business News Daily, www.businessnewsdaily.com.