The poor performer, is you.

How many times have you heard a HR person tell you, “You can’t reward poor performance”?

You can’t reward poor performance. Of course……

But the thing is, it isn’t their poor performance. It’s yours.

Who recruited the person?

Who promoted the person?

Who trained the person?

Who rewarded the person?

As convenient as it is to say that individual poor performance just “happens”. It doesn’t. Organisations make poor performers. You make poor performers.

If HR is accountable for organisation performance, it is also accountable for individual performance.

Getting rid of poor performers is a quick and convenient way of papering over your organisational incompetence.

Papering over your incompetence.

You can’t reward poor performance? Too right.

How confident are you, that you’re earning what YOU deserve?


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  2. Meg Peppin · April 11, 2013

    Is HR accountable for organisational performance?

    • Neil · April 26, 2013

      Yes. Not singularly, but along with the CEO and CFO. Absolutely.

  3. Henry · April 12, 2013

    Never a truer ruddy word.

    • Neil · April 26, 2013

      If you write enough, one time you’ll say something sensible.

  4. the patter merchant · April 22, 2013

    I love this. I’m ‘Head of Performance’ at my company and it’s really interesting to view the situation from this context. something we seldom do!

    • Neil · April 25, 2013

      Thanks, I’m glad we can add a new perspective.

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