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Helping Get Your Employee on Track

By July 12, 2013March 9th, 2023Technology News

Sometimes we have employees at our companies that have meltdowns in the middle of their workdays. They’ve been good employees but for some reason, something clicks in their heads and they stop doing what they’re supposed to do. Maybe their work isn’t par anymore, or they don’t seem as motivated as they used to be. When you can’t really tolerate the level of quality anymore and it’s time to talk to your employee, it can be difficult to approach them for a number of reasons. Here are a couple of ways you can broach the subject with your employee so everyone can get back on track.

Don’t Let it Get Personal

If this employee has worked with you for an extensive amount of time, you’ve probably formed a sort of friendship with them. It’s very important to make sure that this friendship doesn’t get in the way of what you have to talk to your employee about. Don’t talk about anything opinion related, and don’t talk to the employee like they’re a good friend. Stick to facts and the proof of those facts. You’ll both suffer less in the long run if you consider your words carefully.

Set Expectations Immediately

Once you’ve talked to your employee, it’s time to set expectations. Let them know you understand that they haven’t been feeling their best lately, but it’s still important to get back on track to success. Set their goals in simple senses – say, ask them to proofread all of their work before submitting it – and make sure they understand what you want from them. Again, make sure you stick to the facts. Don’t use any emotional words whatsoever to ensure no one’s feelings get hurt in the process of your review. Make sure the timeframe you set for improvement is both reasonable and makes sense for your business.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.