I’ll give them one more chance. I don’t have time to start from scratch and retrain someone for that role. But they’re so nice and appear to be making an effort. Sound familiar? Employers often have trouble letting poor employees go, regardless of how devastating their lack of performance can be on an nonprofit’s internal and external affairs.
Bad habits can be contagious
Even your strongest staff members can be negatively influenced when working with bad employees. Pairing others with someone who is unmotivated and performing inadequately can cause a domino effect of poor performance—making the overall business suffer.
Poor employees could chase away top performers
Top tier employees want to work with others who are just as driven and focused as they are. When talented workers see poor behavior or lack of contribution go unnoticed, they will begin looking for alternative job opportunities—ones where they can work with other high performers and feel more appreciated.
Low performers take up valuable space
By keeping low performing employees, you could be missing out on a new crop of talent. But how can you hire these rockstar candidates if there are no available roles at your organization? Making room for strong individuals who are willing to take initiative and contribute to the team is imperative when building a strong organizational foundation.
Because nonprofits often work with limited budgets and resources, developing and retaining a top-notch staff is key to successfully attaining mission objectives. And while it’s never an easy task to fire a bad employee, you’re doing what’s necessary as a leader to keep your organization moving forward.
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