Fresh Start

Fresh Start

Any time of the year it is possible to make a fresh start and look at doing things differently, but particularly in the New Year there is great hope for wiping the slate clean and trying new things. I know we are in late Feb already but now New Year is out of the way and the kids are back at school, you can finally think!

In terms of your employees, I encourage you to make a fresh start for 2020 by confronting yourself about that employee who has caused you frustration during 2019. We all know that employee – time and time again we find ourselves overlooking their poor performance or behaviour because we don’t have the time, confidence or energy to address it. We do however expend a great deal of energy complaining to ourselves that their performance or behaviour doesn’t change. Well, it is time to step up and take charge and manage the situation!

Make a fresh start in your approach and draw a line in the sand with that employee and clearly define your expectations for their performance or behaviour. At the same time, provide and outline achievable consequences so if those expectations fail to be met, you can commit to following through on those consequences. This will certainly take energy, confidence and time, but in the long-run you will be rewarded when either there is improved performance from that employee or you now have the opportunity to manage that employee through an appropriate performance management process.

Above all though, you will be rewarded with; a sense of pride in yourself for overcoming the obstacles to confront the situation, a sense of control and confidence that you can confront a frustrating situation and finally respect from your other staff who have observed that performance or behaviour being accepted over time.

If you manage the situation the same way you did last year, you will go through 2020 feeling the same way about the situation, so make a fresh start in 2020 and try something different to achieve something different.  Call HRM today to assist – 54307750.