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I Have an Employee That Isn't Pulling Their Weight, How Can I Dismiss Them?


An employee who doesn’t pull their weight can create something of a domino effect. In not doing their work, their colleagues have to take up the slack, meaning that they don’t get as much of their own work done. This means the department underperforms which can have an effect on the entire company. It is important to identify employees who aren’t pulling their weight and manage them before any severe damage is done, although quite often these issues can be resolved without needing to dismiss the employee.

Regular performance reviews will assist in identifying poor performers, though in some cases they might be reported to employers by their colleagues. The first step to managing employees who don’t pull their weight is to identify why they might not be performing as they should. Perhaps they don’t have the skills or training to perform their job properly, or perhaps they simply don’t want to perform certain tasks. If the case is the former, then perhaps a different discussion about capability and training needs to be had, whereas if it is the latter, it could be that a disciplinary meeting is required.

In the event of a disciplinary meeting, you should find out what performance means to the employee and any reasons there may be for their lack of performance. Perhaps they feel they are undervalued, or perhaps there are other obstacles to performing their role properly. From this, you can then develop a performance improvement plan for the employee to follow. If this is successful, then you have reached a positive outcome without having to dismiss the employee! If not, you may need to continue down the disciplinary process, which may eventually result in dismissal.

For more information on managing poor performers, or to book a Free Review, call on 0844 8797286.

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