Like a lot of business owners, you will occasionally have an employee you are not sure about. You cannot decide whether to keep that employee or not. Maybe sometimes they perform well, but then they have moments of struggle. Maybe a star employee has some less-than-desirable behaviors. How do you make a determination of whether this employee should remain part of your team, or whether you should move on with somebody else? What is the best thing for your team?
There is one key test that can be used in many cases to make a decision. That test is this question: Is that employee self-accountable to allow for their growth? If the employee is willing to take responsibility for their actions and performance, whether good or bad, that can be a sign that the employee can be developed into the right team player to move the business forward.
However, if the employee refuses to take accountability or refuses to do the necessary things to develop more, then that employee may not be the right fit for your organization.
This simple test can tell us a lot in a short period of time. If an employee cannot pass this hurdle, the decision may become easier to let them go. This may simplify your management responsibility.
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R. Shawn McBride is the Chief Innovation Officer at McBride For Business, LLC. His signature keynote, The 3 Laws of Empowerment, gives audiences an entertaining look at how they can prepare, plan and protect themselves. You can email R. Shawn McBride or (214) 418-0258.