Underperforming employees can be very costly to organisations. A 2009 article in the Australian Financial Review found that unproductive employees can cost Australian businesses up to approximately $33 billion a year!
A primary reason for underperformance is a poor fit between the employee’s skills and interests and the needs of the organisation. Another related reason is managers not clearly specifying their expectations and the requirements of the role. Both of these can lead to an employee struggling to deliver on what is required. These issues are preventable however.