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    It cannot be denied that there are unproductive workers in our midst. It is just that big companies are so compassionate that they leave them just like that. But in our office, we are very strict with productivity that we make a weekly report on the production of our subordinates. There are several employees who were forced to resign last year due to lack of productivity. I know it is not right to terminate them so the company makes way for them to leave.

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    Re: Replacing unproductive workers

    I personally don't think big companies ignore unproductive workers due to compassion and instead just maybe due to oversight since they have so many employees most of the time and unless there is a good enough system to track each individual's productivity chances are some will slip through the cracks and will be able to just skate by. I agree that it really should be a priority by companies regardless of their size though.

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      Actually, it happens a lot and pretty much every day anywhere in the world. Some employers fire this type of workers right away, others give them some kind of a pep-talk and, If that turns unproductive, then fire them. The worst thing about being fired is not getting the money you have already earned before the termination.

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        In small companies with a plantilla of less than 100 workers, there is no place for unproductive workers since the work is equally divided. One example is a factory which always counts the output of each worker. That quantity of output is their basis for hiring more workers or for terminating the services of some because the company cannot survive with excess baggage in their payroll. That's why the supervisors in factories are much pressured when it comes to performance rating of their workers.

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          I have to say in my years of working for other people there are those that are left alone and are never talked to about being more productive. They are usually the guys that have been with the company for 20 years and have gotten into a slow rhythm and they refuse to change. Company execs have ignored or swept them under the rug to just keep them quiet and out of the way. Is that fair to the guys that are busting their chops everyday and producing twice as much as the senior people? No it isn't. I think any company that practices this method of management is doomed to fail.

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          • #6
            Re: Replacing unproductive workers

            This is a universal problem. Many companies have created a warning regime for employees which have been found to be unproductive. In some organizations the guilty employee would at first be given a verbal warning and if a similar type of behaviour should occur again, a written warning is issued. If there is a third infringement, the worker would most likely be fired.

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            • #7
              Re: Replacing unproductive workers

              Unproductive workers should be fired. This is why it is important that promotions are given to workers who'll enforce company policy and ensure that unproductive workers get some negative motivation to force them to be more productive because if I must be honest while it's easy to fire unproductive workers it might be hard to find replacements who're as experienced as them.

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                Re: Replacing unproductive workers

                Originally posted by explorerx7 View Post
                This is a universal problem. Many companies have created a warning regime for employees which have been found to be unproductive. In some organizations the guilty employee would at first be given a verbal warning and if a similar type of behaviour should occur again, a written warning is issued. If there is a third infringement, the worker would most likely be fired.
                I think positive reinforcement is a lot better than negative reinforcement such as threatening them to get fired when they are lazy, but i do still think that either way is fair since the employee is expected to perform at a certain level and that is part of the contract they signed initially when gaining the position. In my opinion sometimes in cases like this the company is at fault for not putting in a good enough system to incentivize the employees but of course most of the time both sides share the blame.

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                • #9
                  Re: Replacing unproductive workers

                  Originally posted by Vampa View Post
                  Unproductive workers should be fired. This is why it is important that promotions are given to workers who'll enforce company policy and ensure that unproductive workers get some negative motivation to force them to be more productive because if I must be honest while it's easy to fire unproductive workers it might be hard to find replacements who're as experienced as them.
                  Firing unproductive employees is easier said than done. There is a law protecting the tenure of permanent employees and you can only terminate them for cause. And although being unproductive can be a case against the employee, it is not easy sailing when it comes to the labor department. What most companies do with those kind of employees is to force them to resign by not giving them any work assignment. We call it being in the freezer. In our office, some employees were not given a computer and all they do is sit on the table for the whole day. That situation would make you resign.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Replacing unproductive workers

                    Originally posted by Vampa View Post
                    Unproductive workers should be fired. This is why it is important that promotions are given to workers who'll enforce company policy and ensure that unproductive workers get some negative motivation to force them to be more productive because if I must be honest while it's easy to fire unproductive workers it might be hard to find replacements who're as experienced as them.
                    I agree, I think if they have been given ample chances to turn their productivity around and they fail to meet with the requirements then the company has the right to replace them with someone who will. Like you said though, it's not always as simple since you may not be able to find a replacement with the same skill set and experience as quickly.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Replacing unproductive workers

                      You have to first find out why are the workers not productive or meeting up to expectations. Some companies work system are poor, a new employee will join a company the management wouldn't make any provision to train them in line of how work goes in the company. For example they aren't exposed to how the system of operations, such as feeding data into computers, stock tagging, arrangement and many more. They are expected to blend into the system of work without taking out time to have them properly trained for a few weeks.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Replacing unproductive workers

                        Originally posted by Corzhens View Post
                        It cannot be denied that there are unproductive workers in our midst. It is just that big companies are so compassionate that they leave them just like that. But in our office, we are very strict with productivity that we make a weekly report on the production of our subordinates. There are several employees who were forced to resign last year due to lack of productivity. I know it is not right to terminate them so the company makes way for them to leave.
                        It happens in our company too. But we give them a chance for performance improvement. HR usually issue a warning letter to Poor performers with a target to achieve. If they fail they will be asked to leave. If he was a good performer earlier HR also try to find out the reason behind low output and try to cover it up with training and counseling if possible.

                        If there is no replacement available for a particular position we would wait till another person is groomed to that position. Professionals usually cooperate with company on this as they will be given enough time to look for another job. It's hard decision to take but I think it is required as it serves as a warning signal for others too.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Replacing unproductive workers

                          For big companies, replacing a non-performing employee is easier said than done because knowing that he can get something from the company, the employee may file a formal complaint with the labor department. But for small companies, the trick is to tell the employee that the company is going bankrupt so there is the offer of a better separation pay, slightly above the amount dictated by law. And the employee would usually grab that opportunity.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Replacing unproductive workers

                            Most of the companies I've been with have no place for unproductive workers as each job position has very specific role and objectives such that non-performance will definitely impact the company's performance in a negative way. When that happens, it will give the company the justification to fire the non-performer after complying with due process as provided in the company rules and regulations manual. It is important to set the KRAs and KPIs and make performance review a regular thing. My present company does the performance review on a monthly basis and it helps call the employee's attention to his/her performance as well as provide an opportunity to nip problems in the bud.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Replacing unproductive workers

                              Possibly unproductive workers are simply bad at their job. I don't think a lot of people who can do a job would be lazy about it. The real problem lies in the fact employees are not being matched with employers where they can do well. However, there could be exceptions. For instance, if an employee is hooked on drugs or doesn't get enough sleep because they hold two jobs, then that could be reasoning behind poor work habits.

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