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3.2.2 Reasons for Under-Performance

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3.2.2 Reasons for Under-Performance

The Fair Work Ombudsman notes the following as the most common reasons employees perform poorly:

  • Lack of or unclear workplace policies, procedures, goals and standards
  • Interpersonal differences 
  • Mismatch between employee’s capabilities and the job’s required skills 
  • Lack of feedback on employee’s performance
  • Lack of personal motivation, low morale in the workplace and/or poor work environment 
  • Personal issues such as family stress, physical and/or mental health problems or problems with drugs or alcohol 
  • Cultural misunderstandings 
  • Workplace bullying.

More often than not, employees may be unaware of their own poor performance. It is, therefore, your job to promptly and appropriately deal with cases of under-performance upon recognising such. Failure to do so may have grave consequences in the future, negatively affecting both your employee and your business as a whole.