When Do You Fire Your “D” & “F” Employees? Now!

By Jason Swenk on September 11, 2013

Are you stuck when it comes to cutting ties with team members because they’ve stuck with you?

I am guilty of it and I see it all the time. The company outgrows an individual and the owners keep the employee around because of what they did in the past. This is crazy to me now, at this stage in my life, because I know what it costs the organization to have the wrong person on your team.

Cutting Ties With Outgrown Team Members

You need to pay someone based on their current and future value, not what they have done in the past. This is business and not personal. If you want to take your company to the next level, you need to get rid of the non-performers.

Your task for today is to create a score for your employees based on what you expect from them and their results in their current role on a grading scale. (A+ through F-) Be honest and you might be shocked.

  • A players are ultimately what you want because they are the ones that make a positive difference in the agency.
  • B players can be coached to A players.
  • C players may be in the wrong role and if switched could become a better player.
  • D and F players, get rid of right away. They are a huge impact on your business in a NEGATIVE way.

One other thing to note, only have an A player in a management role, because A players usually hire people better than themselves. B and below usually hire people below them which means B will hire C’s, C will hire D’s and sooner or later you will have a bunch of idiots running your business.

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