Play Ball! Drafting All-Star Employees
The concept of “playing ball” is similar to the mentality managers have in the workforce. When playing for a sports team, if an athlete consistently underperforms, he or she is removed from the game. When an employee underperforms in the workforce, he or she may be removed in order to make room for fresh talent. In order for the company to maintain good standing in the public eye and remain successful, it is important that its employees are working their best for the welfare of the company and its customers.
Talent management is a key part of a business. Every now and then it is important for a company to review their employees, considering their levels of effectiveness and efficiency. Sure, there are plenty of employees who are kind and GOOD at what they do, but wouldn’t it be better for the company to hire someone who is kind and TERRIFIC at their job? Employees ultimately should strive to create value for the companies they work for, and they should also drive themselves to continuously work and improve themselves rather than settle for the status quo.
Ideally a company’s goal should be to have an employee base of team players. Unfortunately, the ideal seldom equals reality. All too often when a company goes to audit its employees, it will find that although there may be individuals who are talented, there may also be a few whose negative characteristics outweigh their positives. Eliminating the so-called “bad apples” may allow the company to increase productivity, boost morale, and save money. In so doing, the company will move toward reaching its maximum potential.
In today’s world, the talent pool is overflowing with valuable, all-star caliber employee prospects. When it comes time to reorganize your talent, it is important to consider replacing lower-ranking employees with top-talent candidates who can be found both internally and externally. If possible, it is usually best to internally promote eligible individuals; however, sometimes a company needs fresh insight and new perspectives from new, external hires. The company should take its time in interviewing, assessing, and considering candidates in order to choose the most viable option.
Original content by: Erica Benken