Mon 2 Jun 2008
How to Raise the Performance Levels of Your Lagging Employees
Your business will work like a well-oiled machine only if your employees contribute in terms of energy, honesty and performance. As a small business owner, you need to continually monitor and motivate your employees, especially those lagging behind.
Here are some tips on how to raise the performance levels of your lagging employees.
- Arrange Regular Performance Appraisals. This will indicate to your lagging employees that you have your eye on them and are regularly monitoring their performance. This will prevent them from slacking off.
Regular appraisals will also help you in finding out what their weak spots are - and acting on this information.
If their technical knowledge is low, then you can enroll them in workshops and training sessions in order to update their knowledge.
- Use The Carrot And Stick Policy. Offer awards or rewards to your employees to motivate them to work harder.
On the other hand, also indicate that although you are ready to help them in any way that you can, they will still have to perform well. Indicate this in a firm but tactful way.
Lead by example to show them what is expected of them.
- Communicate With Your Employees. You should keep the channel for communicating with your employees open.
Ask them what their problems are in increasing their performance levels. Help them in any way you can, so that they will be on par with other employees.
- Raise The Bar. Once employees get used to a certain level of performance, they might get complacent.
Therefore, it is necessary to keep slowly raising the bar, so that they try harder to reach new levels.
In order to extract the maximum performance out of your lagging employees, you need to monitor, motivate and communicate with them. You also have to provide the necessary support, so that they can keep up with your expectations.