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Should you spend more time with your best or worst employees?
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By agsragsr 824 Pts
As a manager, should you focus most of your energy trying to get your bottom quartile employees to shape up or your best employees to do even better?
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  1. ?

    9 votes
    1. Focus your time on worst employees
      44.44%
    2. Focus your time on best employees
      55.56%
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  • Focus on the best. That's what gives you 10x improvement. You should continue to clean house with the bottom performers though as they drag down team morale 
  • I think that there should be a good balance but with employees not doing their work and such I think that the foot needs to be put down and the manager needs to talk to them and tell them to shape up. However, if you want to make your company better I think that you should also tell your best employees just to put a little extra effort into it because then there is a balance but I think it could go either way. 
  • I think you need to focus on all your employees. If you see that one of your employees is not working according to the standards your company has then there is something wrong there so you it's your responsibility as an employer to figure out why this person is not working. Meanwhile you keep rewarding your best employees to encourage them to keep doing their best job. There is also something else that could work. You ask for your best employees to offer help to your worst employees or to offer them some tips and things to help so that those that don't work as expected can improve with the help of their co-workers. 
  • It really all depends on what kind of business you're running.  If you're talking about the fast food industry...well the employee standards are pathetically low...so I'd focus on my better performers and just cut the low quality employees out of the equation...then hire new ones. 

    In other businesses, it might be more beneficial to work with your low performing employees to improve their overall work ethics, especially if you NEED them to remain employed with you.  Some businesses simply cannot afford to lose employees and this would be the scenario where putting in more time with your poor performers would net you better results.

    In any case, from an ethical standpoint, you should always put in more time and effort for your better employees.  Your quality workers are going to inevitably make you more money, be more reliable and dependable, and will net you a better business model overall.

    Keep in mind this isn't junior high or high school, it's the real world where if you don't perform well in your job...you can't blame everyone else and take a 70 for makeup work.
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  • @agsr
    I believe there has to be a balance, regardless of your approach. 
    Deciding to spend less time on either party (best or worst employees) will equate to neglecting one or the other to some extent.

    It is in my opinion however, that it will likely be more beneficial to start off spending more time on the worst employees. This is with the intention of correcting/guiding their work attitude, resulting in a shift in the balance between "best" and "worst" employees. Eventually, once the imbalance between "best" and "worst" employees becomes too great: significantly more "best" than "worst", more time can then be spent with developing the "best" employees into better than "best". 
    agsr
  • agsragsr 824 Pts
    @AlfredChan, I guess it's based on industry. In general, I believe that focus on top employees gives the biggest boost. 20% of people do 80% of work. If I can get my top employees to be more productive that will make a much larger difference than whatever marginal improvement we can get from the bottom employees 
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  • Fire the losers but beware of the winners.

    The mediocre employees aren't trying to take your job, the best are.
    agsr
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  • @agsr
    @someone234

    Thank you, both of you have shared very interesting ideas.
    I suppose, the best thing to do would be to retain a good sense of flexibility in our judgement because there hardly ever is a "one size fits all" solution.
    agsrsomeone234anonymousdebater
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