So, says Idzik, they opted to “lift out” entire departments and replace underperforming employees with high-achieving managers.
“This is an example of how doing the right thing is often hard,” he says.
Most leaders agree that mediocre employees can do a lot of harm; not only do they produce ho-hum work, but they drive out top-tier employees.
Look for these telltale signs of mediocre employees who:
- Are stubborn and resist change
- Are reactive rather than proactive
- Are lazy and unprepared
- Make promises, but they don’t deliver results
- Shirk responsibility and pass on blame
- Identify problems without finding solutions.
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