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Have trouble identifying your underperformers? Try this.

Updated: Jul 18, 2022

Read the following definitions of an underperformer and see whose name(s) pop into your head or who these remind you of.


Wiktionary:

...having performance that is below average or below expectations


...to perform less than (another of its kind, general average, etc.) or less well than expected


The Free Dictionary

...to perform not as well as (something else); to perform too seldom; to exhibit a level of performance that is below the standard


Merriam-Webster


...to do worse than; to fail to do as well as expected



And if that doesn't help you identify your underperformers, how about these synonym words and phrases:

floundering

failing

flunking

cratering

folding

collapsing

blundering

missing the mark

going down

lacking success

fizzling

tanking

drifting

slipping

going awry

going down

bungling



hitting the skids

dissatisfying

disappointing

going bust

flummoxing (my personal favorite)

stalling

losing power

going kaput

giving up

blowing it

failing miserably


If any of these define one or more of your employees, please take steps sooner than later.


Do your underperformer and yourself a favor and have a conversation, identify the root cause and create a performance plan to improve within a reasonable time frame.


And recognize when your underperformer is no longer a good fit for your team or department and take action.


Don't be so 'busy' that you fail to frequently assess your team's work output, behavior, skill and knowledge. Don't wait for annual performance reviews when it's too late and the damage is done.


Underperformers can operate under the radar for a long time with distracted managers.


Pay attention.


You've got this!


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