If an employee fails to become a conscientious, willing team member and isn’t carrying his or her load, it’s time to take action, says Bryan Hooten, Goldsboro Hog Farm in Goldsboro, N.C. Just hoping things will get better won’t help that employee improve.

Instead, make a list of your concerns and meet with the employee to explain them. Develop a plan-of-action for improvement, and document the actions you have taken on paper.

Remember, you may need to fire an employee if no improvement is seen or the employee:

  • Makes little effort to learn.
  • Does not carry a fair share of the workload.
  • Consistently has a bad attitude.
  • Cannot get along with other team members.
  • Does not enhance team spirit.