Managing Weak Employees | westXdesign

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Being a manager is hard. Only the most naive of employee who has never had the responsibilities of a manager or supervisor will try to deny that. And by far, when asked what’s the hardest part of being ‘the boss’, managers will answer ‘managing my employees’.

When a manager doesn’t act on disciplining or terminating a sub-standard employee, it’s not because they don’t notice, or because they don’t care about the stress it puts on the team, it’s usually because they hope, for the teams sake, for that employees sake, and for their own sake, that the situation will improve. And then only when there is a crisis is action taken, and by then it is often too late to prevent bigger problems, such as missed deadlines, squandered resources, and sliding productivity.

So what should managers do? The rule of thumb in management is always to give people the “what to do,” but not the “how to do it” (one exception — new hires). In other words, you want employees to use their own skills to figure things out. But while that generally works with capable employees, some people need a little coaching.
Here are some managing tips from CBS News:


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