8 Reasons for Poor Performance of an Employee

28th Feb 2016

There are a number of common reasons for poor performance of an employee, and the only way to get the employee performing at peak levels is to find and understand those reasons.


1- Lack of the required capabilities

In this situation the employee simply doesn’t have the needed capabilities to perform the job. They might not have asked for help, or they might have asked but nor received it for some reasons.


2- The job isn’t challenging enough

In this case, your employee is simply bored. Perhaps they have more capabilities than you have realized and that haven’t been put to use.
To end the boredom, ask them to help train new employees, or get them involved on committees or team projects that let them learn about other areas of the company.


3- They feel they aren’t appreciated

No one wants to feel that they aren’t appreciated. Most of us need to get some kind of affirmation from our work and in fact, a portion of our self esteem is based on getting that affirmation.
Employees who don’t feel that they are properly appreciated whether with money, opportunities, or just words of acknowledgement are bound to have performance issues eventually.


4- They feel they’ve been overlooked in some way

This situation is usually specific to feeling as if they have not been provided with certain opportunities. They may believe that they have been overdue for a promotion, a position of some status, or some other perk that others received.


5- They don’t get along with their colleagues

Most of us spend more time with our work colleagues than we do with our family or friends. If we don’t get along with our colleagues, that’s a lot of our lives that will be spent in unpleasant situation. If an employee feels like an outsider or as if he is not liked, or if he feels he has no support from his team members, then your employees is lacking a necessary resource to be able to perform at capacity.


6- They have personal problems

The good news is that this type of performance issues is often temporary. Once the problem is resolved, the performance issue is resolved as well. Some Organizations offer employee assistance programs that involve temporary counseling or even temporary financial assistance.


7- Lack of motivation

If an employee doesn’t see the reason for performing at the level you expect, she is not going to meet your expectation. Lacking motivation means that they lacks the drive to do their best. This lack of motivation can also be a symptom of another problem; for example, if an employee feels that their isn’t appreciated, why would they try even harder? If an employee feels her previous efforts have been overlooked, why should they keep trying?


8- The job isn’t right for them

In the end, there are some times when the lack of performance is due to the fact that the job and the employee are simply not right for each other. You may try to work with the employee and improve their performance, but nothing seems to work. In these cases, you may need to accept that the job is simply a bad fit for the employee.