I found a great article on how to succeed with the bottom 10% of your employees.
This was written by Dan Rockwell on his blog titled: Leadership Freak
Every organization has a bottom 10% of employees, leaders, and managers who perform poorly.
Your goal, if you can’t remove the bottom 10% is to maximize the situation.
7 reasons for poor performance:
- Negative environments where managers are dictatorial, disconnected, or incompetent.
- Leadership that tolerates poor performers.
- No honor for high performers. Organizations that give across the board raises encourage poor performance.
- Lack of connection with colleagues.
- Lack of commitment to do well.
- Talent or skill deficit.
- Distraction because of personal issues.
Succeeding with the bottom 10%:
- Address it; don’t ignore it. In many ways, leaders get what they tolerate. Successful leaders address issues others ignore.
- Commit to building an environment that promotes and honors high achievement.
“Without a positive attitude ingrained throughout and organization, people’s work experience wouldn’t be nearly as interesting or productive.” – Mike Veeck, Promotional Genius and author of Fun is Good http://www.funisgood.net/
I heard a great quote the other day from Poker legend Doyle Bronsen.
“We don’t stop playing because we get old. We get old because we stop playing.”
I defintately agree with this philosophy, because in business we tend to take our jobs and ourselves too seriously.
People say that they need to act “Corporate”.
Now just what does that mean?
Does it mean that we need to extract any ability to laugh and have fun during work hours?
If so, this would explain why so many people are trucking off to work every day in a daze. Zombies doing the same thing day in, day out. Leaving their personalities at home. Doesn’t that sound exciting… not.
Now I for one do take my craft and my business very seriously. But I tend to take myself very lightly.
I also believe that in my role as a leader and sales trainer, that I need to model this behaviour, so others will feel O.K. to laugh at themselves.
“I truly believe that a day without laughter is a tragedy.”
So lighten up and have more fun at work. Laugh and watch your productivity go up. Because laughter releases energy and energy improves productivity, reduces absenteeism, reduces employee turnover and according to Mr. Bronsen helps you live longer.
And in my book these are all good reasons to lighten up and play.