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ncreasing Team Productivity

When the team is strained the profit is drained.  Here are 4 steps to take the strain from the team and the drain from your profit.


A recent health issue in my family introduced me to a well-known charity group that I found very beneficial at this time.  I was interested in becoming a volunteer with this group and sent an email to the coordinator.  Over the course of 2 months, through several emails and one voicemail, I have yet to receive an appointment to see what role would work best for both parties.  It took an average of 4 days to get a response to any email.  By the time I did get a response, the situation had always changed.  It was a very frustrating experience and, in the end, I just gave up.  I felt sad I wasn’t able to give back.  I question if the coordinator enjoys their work.  Ultimately, I am curious as to how many amazing volunteers they have lost because of the behaviour of one staff member.  Is this a “bad” employee?


A bad employee arrives late and leaves early.  They make negative comments about other employees.  They want their birthdays off.  They want weekends off.  They aren’t motivated to show up, do the work, and put in the time.  They want to be CEO and when they aren’t given that opportunity, they don’t quit…they ghost.  They just quit coming in.  These employees are costing every company they work for money.  When companies lose money, they shut down.  They no longer provide employment.  This means your children will have less opportunity to earn a living. 


What can be done?


1) Find these employees:

Conduct an anonymous survey of your team to flush out problem employees.Have a team assessment conducted.


2) Determine their attitude to change:

Take the time to get to know if the problem employee is in a position that suits their natural behaviour style and workplace motivators.  If they are, have the discussion with them about what you would like to see in the future.  If they aren’t, let them go.


3) Re-train them: 

Assign a mentor.Institute a follow-up program that measures outcomes.


4) Nurture them:

Ask for their feedback.  Ask for their ideas for improvement.  Nurture all your employees.


Employees who cause problems in the workplace cost the company enormous amounts of money.  Take the 4 steps of finding these employees, assessing their attitude to change, investing in re-training them or let them go, and nurture them…all of them.   You take these 4 steps, and you increase your profit.

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