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Daily Buzz: Managing Underperforming Employees

Help them implement steps for success

It’s not easy managing an underperforming employee, especially during times of great stress and uncertainty. To do it well, leaders must treat the employee as a person, not just a cog in a wheel, said Pete Longhurst and John Austin on Fast Company.

To support improvement, managers should focus on employees’ strengths instead of their weaknesses. Managers who believe that an underperforming employee wants to succeed will foster a positive environment.

“Focusing exclusively on a person’s weaknesses is a telltale sign that we are seeing that person as an object. The danger of this response is that it can lead to a self-fulfilling prophecy in which a manager can actually bring about the very behavior they dislike,” Longhurst and Austin said.

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