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Getting Rid of Good Employees

As I mentioned in my last blog the perceived talent level of the applicant pool has not risen much despite record unemployment.  This makes me wonder if companies are just jettisoning their dead weight. 

If so, why are they waiting until now?  It is pretty rare that a company does not know who the good employees are from the bad ones (if they don’t know, they have a whole set of other issues).  I recognize that in a few rare cases, a bad employee can turn into a good employee with training, coaching, etc.  Those cases are rare though.  

I believe by removing the bad employees, it will actually help improve employee loyalty.  In most companies, there is a problem in consistently applying employee policies and the execution of the policies is a key driver of employee engagement.  What could be more inconsistent than treating bad employees the same as good employees by allowing them both to collect a paycheck (probably for similar amounts) while the good employee is probably carrying more of the load and giving the organization a better return on its investment.  This kind of behavior is common in organization and is a good way to get rid of the good employees and keep the bad ones. 

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Chris Woolard

Chris Woolard

Chris is responsible for the sale, design, implementation, account management, and consulting for his clients’ employee and customer assessment programs. He focuses on employee loyalty consulting and is considered Walker’s employee loyalty expert. He has worked with many companies on customer due diligence solutions.

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  1. …it all depends on the culture of the work force that has evolved and what is considered a good employee. There is often jealousy and competativeness in corporate organizations. Some get picked on and picked at….wearing them down, and for what reason? Often people end up more concerned with protecting their back more than the job in hand. The system of disciplinary action is often used by the wrong people to get rid of people who may be good employees as the may be a threat to someone or the status quo. All too often I have seen good employees either leave who have had such pressure put on them or else the disciplinary process is used raising allegations that have been elaborated on and constrewed to be gross misconduct. Over and over again the ‘bad’ people get away with what they are doing …they always seem to be the ones that get promoted. companies are not necessarily being run by the most talented employees…just the most devious. I often wonder where all this is leading and what it will evolve to in time.

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