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Coaching ‘problem’ employees: A 4-step plan for managers

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in Leaders & Managers,People Management,Performance Reviews

What is the single most unpleasant part of being a manager?

Confronting problem employees.

Most of us prefer to spend our weekends fuming to our friends about a problem employee than deal with the situation head-on. When faced with a poor-performing or disruptive employee, it’s easy to play the wait-and-see game and simply hope the situation will improve.

But problems rarely solve themselves. And that’s especially true with problem employees.

In most cases, problem employees left unattended will lead to deteriorating morale, weaker productivity and possibly even legal trouble. Effective supervisors must address such problems head-on.

The best method? Meet with employees right when you spot problem behavior or performance – don’t wait. In your discussion, focus on the following four steps to get the most from the meeting and to protect the organization from employees who may claim they weren’t treated fairly:

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