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5 Reasons Why Poor Performance Exists in the Workplace

There are many functions that Managers and Leaders perform on a daily basis. Some of the functions are to lead, organise, diagnose, encourage, inspire and to innovate. On the other side of the coin, there are less enjoyable functions such as discipline, confrontation, and termination of employees. 

When it comes to performance management in the workplace, there are a number of reasons why poor performance exists. Today, we are going to breakdown 5 reasons why. If you are able to understand what the cause of the performance problem may be, it could help you decide how to address it and also save yourself a headache.

01: Ability

Lack of ability can be quite detrimental in your role. If you are lacking the skills required to complete a particular aspect of your role not only are you doing yourself a disservice, but also the business. Perhaps you over emphasised your skills on your resume, or over promised in your interview to get the job. Or, maybe in the hiring process – the responsibilities within your role were not properly articulated. If you don’t possess a particular skill that is vital for your role, you’re going to fall short and potentially find yourself in a spot of trouble.  

If your role has developed and you have taken on more responsibilities as you’ve grown with the business, be honest – ask for help or training. Not only will your skills and knowledge broaden, but you’ll also be making a positive impact on the business.

02: Motivation

There are a few reasons why your talent may be losing motivation. They may be;

Burnt Out, Overworked and Exhausted

If you are an employee that is feeling burned out or overworked, speak up. If you are exhausted and you’re not communicating your struggles, how on earth is management meant to know? Be transparent about how you are doing. Being exhausted is not a free pass for doing sub-par work, but if communicated to a good manager then something can be done about it. Your manager is not a mind reader.

Feeling Under Appreciated

In much of my readings about culture, generational differences and keeping talent there was one topic that has come up a number of times. That is, employees who feel underappreciated are more likely to lose motivation. This is an important subject when employing Millennials. When I talk about appreciation, I don’t mean throwing gifts or money at your employees. Feeling appreciated not only lifts people's spirits but it also makes us feel safe, worthy and motivated. Have you ever noticed that after you’ve given someone praise or a compliment that their energy changes? 

As a culture, we are so unaccustomed to sharing feelings and appreciation. Many people don’t feel comfortable doing this because we are often far more experienced with expressive negative emotions whether it be reactively or defensively often, without recognising their corrosive impact on others. 

If an employee is feeling as though their work, skills or ability is not appreciated, they won’t be motivated to push and keep striving which can definitely affect their positivity about showing up to work every day.

Not Having Consequences

As children, we learn that there are consequences to actions. If you didn’t eat all of your dinner, there was no dessert. If you did something wrong, you were put in time-out or you were penalised. Yes, employees need to feel appreciated but on the other side, they also need to know that there are consequences for inappropriate behaviors or if an expectation in their role was not met. I’m not saying put your employees in time-out, but if an expectation has not been met there needs to be repercussions for employees to appreciate and respect both their roles and management. 

If your employees are feeling unmotivated, they are going to forget their ‘why’ and their reason for coming into work every day.

03: Systems and Processes

Systems and processes are so crucial in a business. Without systems and processes, how are we able to put a measure on work ethic, responsibilities, accountability and expectations? If someone doesn’t have clear guidelines or a clear understanding of what they are meant to be doing, who they are in the business and the importance of their role – they aren’t going to know what the expectations are.  

If no clear parameters or expectations within a business have been set, or if they are not clear – this can be a major cause of poor performance. 

04: Wrong Career Path

We have all started somewhere, testing the waters in a particular role or sector where we thought we may have interested to realise we actually don’t. If you’re in the wrong role you’re not only going to be unhappy but you’d be doing both yourself and your employer a disservice. A good manager will not want to have employees working with them who aren’t enjoying what they are doing. It’s very much like a relationship. If you are unhappy, do something about it. It’s so easy to settle... settle for less than we think we deserve. There is nothing wrong with trial and error, being self-aware and knowing that a particular position or company is not for you and acting on it, will give you the power and want for more. 

05: Culture Fit

Have you ever held a role that you loved, but the environment you worked in just wasn’t for you? Maybe the team around you have different values to you, or maybe the style of management within the business isn’t a management style that you can work with. Maybe you work with a team of people that you just do not get along with. If you’re in a culture that doesn’t match you, or you don’t match the culture – you are going to have conflict whether you initiate it or not. Culture is such an important factor when people are looking for new roles. We want to not only enjoy the work we are performing, but we also want to enjoy the company of the people we spend our days with.

There are so many reasons why people could be struggling with performance, It could be one or many reasons. One thing that we need to understand is that poor performance does not only affect an individual but it has a domino effect on the business, management and the team around you and it can all be avoided. 

What other reasons are there for poor performance in the workplace?

If your business that is struggling with Employees poor performance, we can help you! If you are in a position where performance management is required, give WhiteCollarBlue a call today. With our Free Business Healthchecks, you will gain the full attention of a qualified HR practitioner to come in, assess a particular area or multiple areas of your business and then work with you to turn these struggles around. Not only could booking in your Healthcheck save you thousands of dollars in fines, but it could also save your sanity.

If you would like to hear more about our Free Business Healthcheck, give us a call today – we would be happy to work with you. The number to call is 1300 559 662. 

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