Research into poor employee performance

According to a recent survey, UK employers waste more than £30m a year on under-performing staff. The survey, focusing on the views of HR professionals, reveals that 96 per cent of respondents have issues with poor performance, with 29 per cent admitting that it is a major problem.

A further point of note suggests that one of the most common ways of dealing with under-performing staff in organisations is to 'manage them out'.

Whilst there is good reason to assume that a sizeable portion of poor employee performance is down to the employee, e.g. some employees are particularly good at getting jobs over and above their actual ability, the subsequent report - Tough love: Research report 2006 - doesn't really consider the nature of the organization or the nature of work on offer as a decisive factor in poor employee performance.

For example, yesterday's blog about sickness and absence offered a balanced assessment of a particular dimension of employee performance by considering whether there is something wrong with the way we work, or the way work works? Until it is recognized that the poor performance of anything in organizations is mainly due to senior management then organizations will continue to suffer because of poor performers.

For more brief details see Performance management - (Martin Couzins, Personnel Today). More details can also be found by accessing the website of Chiumento.

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