I spoke to a manager recently who was very upset. Why? She went to an employee with a new task and the employee commented aloud, “Good. I’ve been looking for something to do. My work’s been light lately.” The manager was infuriated by this statement. She couldn’t believe this was the first she was hearing about the employee’s lack of work to do. She started having daily meetings with the employee to check on her workload and now felt like she had to babysit to ensure she had enough to do. Her final comment was, “She better not expect a raise or promotion any time soon. I’m seriously thinking about letting her go.”
This isn’t an uncommon reaction. Performance on a bell curve where low performers get fired is common practice by management. (This article explains how to avoid being on the wrong side of the curve.)
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