Every organization has employees who fail to satisfy performance expectations. Research shows that the cost these poor performers exact on an organization exceeds the benefits of employing a high performer. For that reason President Trump’s executive order streamlining removal procedures is on target and fully justified. However, the new policy should also prompt attention to badly needed reform of the practices contributing to the problem.
It’s important to appreciate that employees who start their careers expecting to be failures are very rare. There are a number of possible reasons for failure and most are not the fault of the employee.
The roots of this problem are deeply embedded in the history of civil service and in government’s workforce management philosophy. Terminating a few employees is analogous to digging out weeds in a garden of roses.
Read more at Government Executive.