Performance Management Blog

Avoiding Difficult Performance Discussions is Not Nice

Posted by Jamie Resker on Oct 18, 2010 10:06:00 PM

One of the excuses we commonly hear as a reason for not actively engaging in dialogue with employees regarding their performance is “We’re really nice at XYZ organization” or “We're non-confrontational". Translation, “We have people who are underperforming, but we’d rather not have those conversations.” Or, “It’s just easier to let the underperformance continue as is; I’ll just focus on my A and B level players.” And finally, “What would we say and how would the person on the receiving end react? We’d rather not go there.”

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Topics: difficult conversations, employee development, underperformance, performance feedback, performance management, avoiding conflict, ignoring performance issues