Lately, it has become obvious that one major problem with many teams is that there are one or more members that should no longer be part of the group. Without regard to whose fault it is, these folks come up short in any number of ways:
- They don’t care about the goals.
- They don’t get along with their co-workers.
- They don’t do their jobs.
- They don’t measure up in terms of skills and abilities.
- They create a toxic atmosphere.
What’s odd is that both managers and well-performing co-workers are well of this and aren’t willing to do anything about it. The usual excuse is that it’s just too hard to fire someone. Too much paperwork, too many legal challenges, too many hassles. While there may be a lot of all three of these, the question is whether it’s really too much. To answer this question we have to identify the costs of doing nothing. This list is easy to make.
- Low morale
- Low productivity
- Turnover of the people you don’t want to leave
- Poor customer service
- Law suits
If your gut is screaming someone needs to go, and you’ve done everything you can reasonably have done to help the person succeed but have not seen any improvement; then it’s time to make the change. Your team members want you to and it’s your responsibility. Do the right thing. Do it now.