In today’s video blog, CAI’s Vice President of Membership, Doug Blizzard, asks employers to quit demotivating their top employees. Doug says whether or not you believe you can motivate other people, one thing is clear: accepting mediocre performance from some employees is one of the most destructive things you could do to top performers.
He offers reasons for why leaders accept poor performance. Doug says some leaders blame the economy, are fearful of a lawsuit or think they need to treat each employee exactly the same. Another reason he lists is that, even with help, some very well-intentioned employees just can’t do their jobs well. Not dealing with low performers is often the easiest thing for a company to do.
Doug’s primary message is to be aware of how mediocre job performance is costing your organization, and work hard to address the poor performance in a fair and reasonable way. He says everyone at an organization knows who the low performers are, and they lose respect for their employer each time poor performance is not addressed.
Work hard to create a culture of high performance. Doug suggests starting by identifying and addressing your low performers. Some individuals can improve with training and others with performance improvement plans. However, some will have to take their talents elsewhere. When you implement a high performance culture, you’ll see company productivity, morale, and your bottom line rise.
If you’d like assistance with creating a high performance culture, please contact a member of CAI’s Advice and Counsel Team at 919-878-9222 or 336-668-7746.