The truth is, most employees know that they’re in a position to be fired long before it happens. It rarely blindsides anyone, but that doesn’t make it any easier for a manager who has to make a difficult business decision. So how do you know when it’s time to sign that pink slip and send an employee on their way? Here are a few signs that it’s time to terminate an underperforming or otherwise ill-suited employee.
Does your employee show up late more often than they’re on time? Have you discussed this tardiness issue with them? If so, it’s time to take action. If they are unable to make the necessary changes to show up on time, you need to let them go. This doesn’t just affect the employee in question. Excessive tardiness can impact productivity.
Stubborn Adherence to Bad Habits
Speaking of negative behaviors, does the employee in question avoid making positive changes even after counseling from management. If they have bad habits that they are unable to break for the good of the company, it’s time to make your move. Bad habits are anything that directly impacts the productivity and success of your organization.
The Effect on Employee Morale
The saying goes, “One bad apple can spoil the whole bunch.” If your problem employee is creating a situation that causes everyone else on your team to become upset, it’s time to make a change. When one person continually breaks the rules, other employees become frustrated, which can lead to increased negative behaviors.
Drama is a complex term that can describe a lot of possible scenarios. But if you have an employee where their drama gets in the way of their performance, they may not be a good fit for your company. Do they create drama in the workplace by being confrontational with coworkers? Do they stir up the rumor mill to create a toxic work environment?
Finally, if you are receiving multiple customer complaints about an employee’s performance, they may not be living up to your expectations. You don’t have to resort to a termination right away, but if your efforts at coaching don’t improve the feedback, it may be time to take action.
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