In today’s world, it is standard for almost any position to turn over in 3-5 years. Whether an employee is ready for advancement, not able to perform, or dissatisfied with their job tasks, coworkers, or pay, they will begin showing signs of dissatisfaction. Not only is it important to identify these signs quickly, but it is necessary to take action before the problem magnifies.

poorperformance_shirhan_226x150An employee may begin a pattern of showing up late for work or taking extending breaks. The person may be complaining to coworkers or, even worse, your customers. Performance evaluations are a standard way to keep tabs on employee goals and progress and are an excellent tool for planning internal shifts and advancements.

Here is a detailed article on identifying the cause of poor performance and creating a plan for improvement:  Dealing with Poor Performance

Recruitment and job matching are critical parts of performance management as well. It is important to assess ability properly during the selection process. Minor deficiencies may be improved through training, but most organizations don’t have the time or resources needed to remedy significant gaps.

So, as a manager or business owner, heighten your awareness of your employee behavior. Recognize and track the signs of movement and take appropriate action.