It’s become commonplace in larger organizations to ensure that employees achieve to a set standard.
Maybe it’s that they are even audited to achieve that standard. Perhaps they are sterilized to a particular set of processes. Achievement of what’s set down becomes the target.
It’s become the norm to ‘dumb down’ on performance, to get the poor performers up to speed.
Yet this often means that it pulls top people down to that line as well as less time is available to spend with them, nurturing, challenging and stretching their capacity – driving them crazy and getting them to achieve the average.
That’s not good.
Taking care to allow employees some slack – to become the best they can – is a very positive way forward and one worth cultivating too.
Managing your poor employees individually is the more challenging – and a much better way.