Common Employee Performance Problems & Obstacles

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Instructor: Beth Hendricks

Beth holds a master's degree in integrated marketing communications, and has worked in journalism and marketing throughout her career.

Why won't employees just do what they're supposed to? In this lesson, you'll learn more about common workplace performance problems and some of the obstacles that may be blamed for these issues.

Employee Problems

Something's going on with Miranda. She's always been a stellar employee who was able to juggle multiple projects at one time and never miss a deadline, but her productivity has fallen off drastically in the past month. Lately, she seems disconnected and distracted, committing small errors and showing up late to work. Yesterday, she missed a deadline entirely.

Workplace performance problems can have roots in a number of issues.
performance, problems, obstacles, employees, assessment, improvement

So, what's happening? Why isn't Miranda doing what she's supposed to do? Not surprisingly, the culprit may stem from any number of areas. After sitting down and talking through it, you learn there is a significant health problem at home that is spilling over into Miranda's work.

Employee performance problems may not always be related to personal issues. Sometimes there are issues at work that are contributing to poor employee performance. In this lesson, we'll take a look at some common problems and obstacles that can stand in the way of superior employee performance.

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Performance Problems & Obstacles

You've seen it before: employees who have a difficult time prioritizing tasks, who have excessive absenteeism for no discernible reason, or who respond slowly to project requests. The work they produce may fail to meet the quality of previous assignments, or they may miss deadlines altogether. For managers, it can be frustrating to observe performance problems and not understand why they're occurring. Just like each employee is different, so too are the obstacles that present themselves that may be causing work performance issues. It is important to drill down and understand these obstacles in order to correct them. Here are a few you may see most frequently:

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