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OK to consider ambition when selecting who goes, who stays

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Human Resources,Leaders & Managers,Management Training,Performance Reviews

Sometimes, employees get into a comfort zone and want to keep doing things the way they always have been doing them.

That can be especially true for those who aren’t ambitious and don’t necessarily want to move up within the organization. Those employees may be perfectly happy remaining frontline supervisors, for example. They may be doing good work, getting decent reviews—and still frustrating the heck out of upper management. Simply put, such employees may never advance because they don’t want to.

But if your company’s business strategy includes promotion from within and constant innovation, unambitious employees may serve as poor role models. You may, in fact, want to ease them out in favor of new employees.

Before you do, consider ways to light a fire under the feet of complacent employees. Have a serious discussion about their places in the company. Discuss reasonable expectations. Let them know that maintaining the...(register to read more)

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