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Top 7 Reasons To Get Rid of a Bad Employee

June 22, 2012

If your company is larger than 10 people, there is a really good chance that you have at least one bad employee.

It is a fact of managing people that not every employee will be excellent at every job. The first challenge is separating your employees into the following groups: star players, good employees, and bad employees.

The cost of keeping an inefficient or ineffective employee on the payroll goes beyond the frustration you feel when he/she does not properly execute a task. The bad employee, their co-workers, and your company’s ultimate success are all part of the equation that affects your bottom line.

  1.  Keeping a bad employee on staff not only hurts your company, but it hurts that person as well.  It is likely that this work related stress infiltrates the employee’s personal life.
  2.  If you replaced your bad employee with someone as good as your star player, you would have more time to spend with your good employees and star players and become a better manager.
  3.  If you replace your bad employee with someone as good as your star player your team will know that good performance is recognized and appreciated and that you value them more than the trouble maker.
  4.  If you replace your bad employee with someone as good as your star player your team’s production can double or even triple.
  5. Like the bad apple in the barrel, the bad employee is toxic within your company.  Strong negativism, a poor attitude, backbiting, and incompetence can spread quickly within any organization.
  6. Despite the best efforts of co-workers to resist the negative traits, these traits are contagious and can severely hurt or even kill a company.
  7. A manager who sincerely cares about the people he/she is managing and is willing to take action to help an employee move on to a job where they can be a star player or good employee is a better manager.

Even if you have ignored a bad employee and the negativity has spread, you can correct the problem.  Get rid of your bad employee and hold a meeting with your remaining staff.  Identify the obvious key reasons for the dismissal and give them an opportunity to ask questions.

NOTE: It is very important that you do not bash the bad employee in this meeting. Be respectful of him/her as a person and let your remaining staff, who may have an after-hours relationship with him/her, know that you hope he/she quickly finds a great job where he/she can excel.

Although it is a fact of managing people that not every employee will be excellent at every job, you can prevent the problem in the beginning by using a hiring system that includes online assessments that enable you to hire honest, productive employees that fit your company culture.

The Hiring Solutions Employee Testing program will help you screen out those  bad candidates.  Our customized programs will take you from hiring one new employee to training a whole department or company using validated assessments to provide in-depth, accurate information about personality traits, behavioral style, integrity, work ethic, substance abuse issues, aptitude, and outside and retail sales skills.

Contact Hiring Solutions today to see how we can help you solve all your HR problems! Visit our website for more information!

Maryanne Preston
Hiring Solutions, Inc. 
(239) 851-6906
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