Avoidable Reasons Employees Fail

August 14th, 2015

And How to Overcome These!

Terminating an employee can be traumatic, for the employee, the manager, and the remaining co-workers. Besides the emotional impact, there’s a financial impact as being short-staffed causes projects to fall behind and keeps firms from accepting new work, plus all the costs of having to recruit and train a replacement worker. Even worse, the reasons employees fail at work are often avoidable. It’s far better for companies to work with employees to overcome these issues than to stop trying to make the situation work out.

Employees Lack Proper Tools

Some employees will succeed despite lacking tools. Others will struggle. Many companies try to save money by not purchasing licenses for useful software development packages. The result is that code takes longer to write or isn’t thoroughly tested. It looks like the developer isn’t competent; in reality, they’re simply handicapped by their development environment.

Employees Lack Training

Similarly, some employers don’t invest in training employees, seeing a few days at a course as a few days not working on the project. As a result, employees are left to figure out development methodologies and development tools on their own, sometimes taking days to resolve a problem that would have been quickly solved if they were trained previously.

Management Doesn’t Provide Direction

If management doesn’t set clear priorities, employees are left to figure out where to focus their efforts. They may work on the most important problem; they may not. Even when management communicates priorities, if those priorities change frequently, employees may flail about, unable to stay focused on any project long enough to complete it well.

Management Doesn’t Listen

While managers need to give direction at the outset, managers also need to listen to their employees. There will always be questions about what needs to be done, and suggestions about changes to the project. If management is too busy to respond to employees, they are forced to either follow the original instructions, which may not be appropriate, or make their best guess as to what should be done, which may not be accurate.

A careful recruiting process will bring good people into your business, but you need to continue to support them once they’re working for you to achieve success. Contact InReach IT Solutions to find out how we can help you find great IT staff.