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3 Tips for Handling An Employee Who’s Not Pulling Their Weight


Almost every organization has at least one person who may not be doing their fair share of the work. While this person can switch between multiple people on multiple different projects, having someone like this working for you can be detrimental to productivity and efficiency for your entire company. For this reason, it’s vital to know how you should deal with people such as these in an attempt to rectify their behavior rather than having to fire them and find a new employee, which can also spend an untold amount of time and money. To help you do this, here are three tips for handling an employee who’s not pulling their weight. 

Bring Their Behavior To Their Attention 

Depending on the personality of the person in question, they may not even know that their behavior is something that you or others are having a problem with. If this is the case, the first thing you should do is bring their behavior to their attention. According to Anne Fischer, a contributor to Fortune.com, when you don’t inform someone that they’re slacking on the job, you’re essentially giving them permission to do this. And if this behavior goes unchecked for too long, it can be much harder to rein that employee back in. On the other hand, if the employee knows they’re not pulling their weight but is hoping to get by regardless, letting them know that you’ve noticed may help get them back in gear. 

Be Clear With Your Expectations 

Once the employee knows that their work has been called into question, it’s now up to you to make sure both of you are aware of what the exact expectations you have for that employee are. Jeff Boss, a contributor to Forbes.com, shares that the more clearly you set the expectations, the more likely your employee is to reach those expectations. If you are too vague in your expectations, that may leave too much room for interpretation, which could give you undesirable results again. 

Consider Giving Incentives 

Even with clear expectations, it may be hard for your employees to find the motivation to go above and beyond the work they were doing before. If this happens, Diane Gottsman, a contributor to the Huffington Post, recommends using rewards or incentives to help jump-start the process. Not only will this help entice your employees to do the work in an effective and efficient manner, but it can also work to show your appreciation for them when they complete a job well.

If you have employees who aren’t performing to your liking but you’re hesitant to start firing yet, use the tips mentioned above to help you attempt to modify their work ethic and behavior.