So…you’re concerned about declining performance from one of your employees and wish to act. Is it simple underperformance…or serious misconduct?
As with many things in business, managing a decline in employee performance or conduct requires a logical starting point. Some key definitions is a good place to start.
What is underperformance?
The Fair Work Ombudsman’s website defines underperformance as:
What is serious misconduct?
Regulation 1.07 of the Fair Work Regulations 2009 provides the definition of serious misconduct as accepted in the Fair Work Act. To summarise, the term relates to an employee deliberately behaving in a way that is inconsistent with continuing their employment. Examples include:
Underperformance and serious misconduct: same, same or different?
Underperformance is not the same as serious misconduct. Misconduct is deliberate or wilful behaviour which may warrant instant dismissal. In cases of serious misconduct employers are advised to seek expert advice about how to proceed before taking any action.
Is there an easy way to deal with poor performance issues?
Many employers are unsure of the best ways to deal with issues of underperformance or serious misconduct. Not knowing the correct procedure to follow, the possibility of infringing on employee rights or the emotional reactions from employees involved in performance issues are reasons commonly provided by employers for failing to act when poor performance issue arise. As a result, employers often shy away from these difficult conversations and the conduct issues continue…or escalate.
Bare Bones Consulting can show you simple ways to manage underperformance or serious misconduct, including techniques to take the emotion out of the process. Once you’ve learned how to manage poor performance you’ll see improvements across the board: productivity, product quality, revenue, new business, general employee conduct, less time dealing with employee conflicts and grievances…the list goes on and on.
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