HR Quick Take: Employee Performance

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Q: We have an employee who is struggling with the basic tasks of their job. I have counseled the employee multiple times and they do well for a couple of weeks but then they backslide. I feel like I can’t fire them because they do improve for a while. How do I address this?

A: As an employer, you need to remind the employee that short-term improvement and then going back to bad habits isn’t improvement at all. One way to address this: in any written warning or performance improvement plan it would clearly state that you must see “continuous and sustained improvement” or “long-term improvement” and if sustained improvement is not seen, termination may result. 

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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