What Is a Performance Problem?

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A performance problem occurs when an employee is failing to obtain the results expected of him or her, or falling short of the goals and objectives for the job. In other words, there's a gap between what the employee should be producing and what he or she is currently producing.

Performance problems occur in many forms, and can range from simple poor productivity, to absenteeism, to negatively affecting the work of others.

However, it's important to distinguish between performance issues that negatively affect the company, and employee actions that may simply be annoying to the manager or other employees. Some employees may have certain habits that do not impact on their value, but simply annoy people. These are not really performance problems, per se. In assessing whether there is a real performance problem, a good question to ask is: "What effect does "it" have on the company, or work unit, in terms of goal achievement." Or, "If we do nothing about this "problem", will there be any negative outcomes?"


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Bacal & Associates was founded in 1992 by consultant and book author, Robert Bacal. Robert's books on performance management and reviews have been published by McGraw-Hill. He is available for consultation, training and keynote speaking on performance and management at work.


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  • Performance management and appraisal MUST be a partnership between manager and employee where BOTH benefit.
  • Performance management can be the lever for improved employee engagement.
  • The review process is the LEAST important part of performance management
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