There is nothing more frustrating for a business owner than watching a highly disengaged employee slowly and systematically destroy the company they have build over many years. It’s scary, it happens and the feeling of helplessness that exists is palpable.

Not only are you wasting that persons salary but you are also losing on on the potential income that a highly engaged person in the same situation can generate.

Estimates vary but if you consider that in most professional services firms, a rough guide to the income generating potential would be 3x Salary, think what you are missing out on. That could be all your profit for the year.

All is not lost – in the first instance, we are obliged to explore all areas of getting the employee more engaged and productive. We are obliged to turn them from Not Committed and Competent to Committed and Competent – to a point.

There comes a time when we have to decide whats best for the company and for the remainder of the team and we have to use the law to support the need to remove this person from your employment.

No company should have to suffer from this type of disruption, especially when done in a malicious and consistent manner. The first step in this process is to ensure that you are fully compliant with Employee Handbook, Contracts of Employment, Job Descriptions, Company and individual objectives, appraisals, KPI and regular feedback sessions. For a company with none of these, fear not- its not a big job to establish this and its not expensive either. It also put you in a position of authority – something you may have been lacking.

The next stage is to clarify your objectives and set the standards that you need each person to adhere to.

To be continued…

About the author,

Hi I’m Derek O’Dwyer. I have been an ActionCOACH for the last 18 years. I live in Clare and work with businesses around Ireland to take their business to the next level. I am passionate about business and providing help and advice. In the past 18 years I have worked with over 400 business owners helping them and their business. I adapt my coaching depending on what you and your business need. I find that each coaching relationship is different but as long as we understand that we have a common objective with timescales, positive things happen quickly. I am a firm believer i the concept of “what you can measure you can manage” and “what you measure you can improve”. Key performance indicators and accountability form the bedrock of my coaching platforms. If making more money from your business, working less hours in your business and having a great team running your business then it’s worth having a discussion with me. If you are willing to implement changes I will be there to help every step of the way. In terms of personal accolades and recognition I have been awarded ActionCOACH of the year in Ireland every year for the last ten years In 2019 I was inducted into the ActionCOACH Global Hall Of Fame I was global Rookie Coach of The Year in 2002 having achieved remarkable success as the first ActionCOACH in Europe. Many of my clients have also received awards from their peers for their business improvements.

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