Here’s a real e-mail I received from a client this week: “Robin, do you think not hitting sales quota for the past year is a reason to let my salesperson go?”
Don’t laugh – we’ve ALL kept an employee long past their expiration date.
On several occasions I made the mistake of keeping someone with the hopes that they – or the situation – would get better. Who are we kidding? Most of the time we don’t act because we are afraid or anxious about the act of firing them, or because we NEED someone to do the job and we don’t have a good replacement. But let me tell you this: Keeping the WRONG employee around is a cancer, an enemy within, that will undo your organization. You will end up with a toxic workplace, unhappy clients, lost sales or WORSE. Cancer NEVER gets better when ignored. Read full article and comment →