Friday, 20 February 2015

Dropping Employee Performance: Whose Fault Is It?

Has it ever happened that you are so contended with your great hiring and just waiting for the teams to thank you with positive feedback that you acquired a wonderful resource, but to your surprise, you get negative feedback from the team and the performance of that candidate is in negative numbers. 

Alas! Bad luck…But this might have happened to every one of you once in your career. You get to regret your decisions some time later, even being cent percent sure about the respective candidate at the time of joining. 

Though, underperformers are everywhere, but the worst case scenario is when smart candidates start to underperform. There are many reasons that contribute in deteriorated performance of these individuals.

 Some of the major contributing factors are listed here:

Unclear Goals or Deliverables: Many employees struggle so hard, but still fail to clearly understand what is expected of them. This cannot be completely their fault as their managers may give them vague or incomplete description of what exactly they want from these individuals.

Mistakenly Misjudged: Famous saying, ‘don’t judge someone through the cover’, same applies here. Sometimes, hiring managers just judge the candidate through the skills and qualifications written on the resume. They might overlook the other skills gap in front of the confidence shown by the candidate. 

Not the Right Fit:Fit” is the keyword for today’s dynamic corporate scenario. It is probably most difficult to determine if a job candidate will be the right fit for the organization or not. Moreover, the success (or failure) of an individual very much depends on how he/she gels with company interests, goals and objectives.

Unhealthy Relations with Manager: This is the number one reason for any employee to underperform. Usually, managers fail to understand that their approach “one size fits all” does not work while managing different individuals.  Poor rapport with the supervisor or manager generally lowers down employee morale and will to perform. 

Being Underpaid: While many believe they don’t, but, compensations DO matter! Every employee wishes to be fairly and competitively paid. While an employee is in his/her learning phase, he/she may work being less paid, but a good performer cannot work in considerably less salary as per industry standards.

These are the major reasons why smart Employees underperform. To have a consistently higher performance from employees, organizations need to put some hard efforts in these areas and try to keep the zeal and enthusiasm intact within the employees.