Reassigning a “problem” employee

Shawnee Love   •  
January 20, 2011

If rehabilitating isn’t your first choice, another alternative when dealing with a problem employee is to reassign her to a different role. This tactic is most effective when she is trying to do a good job, she fits well within the organization, and her skills would be a great fit in another position despite her not performing in her current role.

The beauty of reassignment is that you simply have to figure out what the person is good at and move her into a role that she fits.  Don’t waste your time trying to improve weaknesses and instead focus on how to best utilize the person’s strengths. Just don’t forget to let the employee know why she is being reassigned.