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Carol H Tucker

Passionate about knowledge management and organizational development, expert in loan servicing, virtual world denizen and community facilitator, and a DISNEY fan

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Day 31

Today is the 3rd day of the 5th week, the 31st day of the 1st month, the 31st day of 2023 [with only 327 shopping days until Christmas] and: 
  • Appreciate Your Social Security Check Day – oh I do!  Getting these checks for the past 1 12 has enabled me to dig myself out of the hole I had fallen into and sock some money away too.
  • yaD sdrawkcaB
  • Brandy Alexander Day – not a person but a drink, in case you were wondering
  • Eat Brussels Sprouts Day – definitely an acquired taste
  • Hell is Freezing Over Day
  • Hug an Economist Day
  • Inspire Your Heart with Art Day
  • International Street Children Day
  • National Hot Chocolate Day
  • National Plan for Vacation Day – well I have put a couple of weeks on the company vacation calendar, but no plans to go anywhere, alas!
  • Scotch Tape Day

Quote of the day:
if you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, then you will be fired with enthusiasm.”
~ Vince Lombardi,  American football coach and executive in the NFL

All the motivational speakers aside, the fact of the matter is there are many who do not LOVE their work.  Many of us are working to live, not living to work, and our identities are not established or defined by our job descriptions or titles.   But we still are motivated to do well, to do the job that we were hired to do; even if we might not be in the groove of being a super-performer, there are good and even outstanding work being done every day.  And then there are those who have checked out, who do the bare minimum to get by, who’s work is sloppy or requires cleanup, the marginal employee who is just on the cusp of being put on probation.    I’m not talking about “quiet quitting” here, I’m talking about that problem employee that you keep hoping will actually pull it together so the team can move on.  For a manager?  These are the direct reports that give you the headaches.  Rewarding good performance is easy.  Holding folks not performing up to snuff is not easy, but it is clear cut:  three verbal warnings, one written warning, probation, termination.  It is the employee you are constantly giving warnings to, one after another, no one infraction being bad enough to be the last straw but the accumulation of issues becoming overwhelming, espeically in these contentious times when anyone who doesn't like being let go is quick to go to the EEO.  These are the ones that make you wish you never had gotten into management!

At what point do you just decide that dealing with someone because it's better than not having help at all is just too much?  And there's a fine line between helping someone and enabling poor performance too.  Err to much on the side of enabling and you can drag an entire team or department down!  It's difficult to go through - been there done that.  It's almost as difficult to try and support someone else who is struggling with it themselves.
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