Telltale signs of an underperforming employee

  • by kaibizzen
  • Jul 07, 2023
  • Blog

Business owners far and wide will understand the importance of workplace productivity.

With the Australian Bureau of Statistics reporting decreases in national productivity in recent months, there’s no better time to discuss the key indicators of an underperforming employee.

So, how is employee productivity defined?

Truly productive employees can typically complete high-quality work within specific timeframes, working harmoniously towards the broader goals of the business.

Optimal productivity means that your team is engaged and can achieve their goals while contributing to the organisation’s overall success and essentially, the businesses bottom line.

FACT: At Kaibizzen, we believe that your business is your best cash generating vehicle and one which will set you up for personal freedom on a comprehensive scale. Whether you want more time to do the things you love or the increased assurance that your strategy towards success is constantly in motion, releasing yourself from the bounds of your business relies on one thing – a reliable and productive team.

There are a few things to be on the lookout for when it comes to identifying underperforming employees…

  • Declines in productivity
  • Low levels of enthusiasm or a negative attitude
  • Resistance to feedback or lack of engagement
  • Inability to complete required workloads
  • Poor quality of work or lack of attention to detail
  • Complaints from colleagues

While staying alert to issues like these are important for business owners, it’s also essential to remember that these behaviours may not always be an indicator of underperformance. Human behavioural patterns are intricate, so this could be the result of external factors such as personal issues or changes in an employee’s workload. It’s important to keep lines of communication open with your team and monitor whether these patterns become persistent, at which point you would need to address them with the employee and explore potential solutions.

The solution?

The most important thing you can do to address underperformance is to be proactive.

When it comes to genuine underperformance of a team member, think about the situation from the perspective of your staff. Allowing underperformance can lead to poor morale because employees typically want to feel valued and heard. If they think you don’t care about them or their concerns, they will usually demonstrate that they don’t care about you or your organisation.

Let’s not forget that your business is your best cash generating vehicle and plays an important role in your overall lifestyle success. So, by preserving unproductive staff you’re risking overall productivity levels and even a decrease in profits.

If you need advice on how to deal with a difficult employee, reach out to Kaibizzen today for a chat.

The Kaibizzen difference

At Kaibizzen, we work from the inside, out.

By starting with you, we unveil your true desires and determine a vision for the life you truly want. Then, with personal perspectives covered, we dive into your business and reverse-engineer tailored operational strategies that align with your ultimate lifestyle objectives.

Kaibizzen is backed by two decades of high-performing coaching experience. Led by husband-and-wife duo, Rob and Faye Caughey, Kaibizzen prides itself on offering a comprehensive coaching and mentoring service which is as unique as each individual client. You can read more about how we work here.

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