“You don’t build a business–you build people–and then people build the business.”
— Zig Ziglar
“Good people are free because they contribute more to the bottom line
than they cost…Poor people are expensive.” — Brian Tracy
Here are your 4 choices you can make with your employees:
#1: Choose your hires carefully. Do they have the right technical skills? Do they have good character and positive attitudes? Will they blend with your organizational culture? Do they have good interpersonal skills? Do they have great potential? Does their professional mission align with the organization’s mission? If the answers are “yes”, hire them.
#2: Choose to invest in your employee(s). Help them recognize and develop their strengths. Find a way to fill in gaps that are holding them back. In other words, provide training, mentoring and accountability. Zig Ziglar said, “The only thing worse than training employees and losing them is to not train them and keep them.”
#3: Choose to save $$$ by cutting the training budget. Waiting for spontaneous and accidental growth is a choice. However, you and your organization will eventually suffer the consequences of underdeveloped employees.
#4: Choose to get rid of the zombies. Sometimes the only right choice is to get rid of the underachievers and disengaged employees. If they aren’t worth your investment to transform them, don’t procrastinate. Let them go. Parting ways is doing a favor to both you and the employee.
Choose wisely and promptly!