I know what you are thinking, but this is not a free pass to slack off, not live up to your potential, and then blame someone else. The reality is that great employees fail all the time, and the frustrating truth is that the employee and the manager are both left wondering what went wrong. The manager is disappointed that they aren't seeing the results they expect, and the employee is defeated and unfulfilled in their role. When you start to look into it, there are a few reasons why hardworking and committed employees fail to succeed at their jobs, and those reasons can point back to management.
Lack of Necessary Tools
Even the best employees will not be able to successfully do their job if they are lacking the tools they need. A support system is critical, and the manager needs to ensure its implemented and effective.
Expectations: If an employee is not given the clear expectations, objectives or goals for the role, it will be difficult for them to live up to them.
Training: Although employees come with certain qualifications for any job, the on boarding transition is important to their continued success. Employees need to be trained for their roles regardless of experience.
Resources: Often times, employees are missing resources such as information, collaboration or structure to complete their tasks.
Culture at a company has a huge impact on the individuals working there. A negative culture will certainly create an environment that makes it difficult to succeed even for the best employees. Everyone has their own values and standards, and if they aren't aligned with the company, it will be difficult to commit to and excel at a job. A manager should check-in with everyone on their team to see how they’re doing and if they’re committed and contributing positively to the organization.
Great employees can be placed in the wrong role either at the time of hiring or through promotions and reorganization. A manager is ultimately responsible for the evaluation and placement of their employees, and if the roles are not a good fit, changes have to be made.
Companies succeed when their employees succeed. Understanding why great employees fail is critical to the growth of a business. Evaluating the reasons and making small changes can have a huge impact on employees reaching their potential.