Employees can indeed prevent your business from achieving the success you seek. Of course, every situation is unique in its own way, and there is no single solution. However, it is also true that you cannot actually resolve a problem until you recognize that it exists, honestly want to solve it, and actively seek out solutions. And when it comes to employees, you can expect that at some point or another in the course of your business life, this will be a problem.
No matter what you do and how hard you try to avoid it, the fact is that you will eventually experience a situation where employees are not meeting your expectations. When those instances occur, you need prompt attention to the problem if you are to have any chance of correcting it before serious damage occurs. The decision to act quickly must become the rule rather than the exception, given the important role employees ultimately play in your business success. They are the most critical components in your organization and any poor performance - even on the part of just a few team members - will inevitably degrade the final score of the whole and prevent you from being the best in class.
It is vital to understand the types of systemic problems that tend to lead to the creation of most of these unproductive and disruptive employees. These problems include things like:
1) Poor recruiting
2) Hiring friends and family as a favor rather than as a sound business decision
3) Undefined rules and expectations
4) Lack of mutual respect
5) Failure to show appreciation and recognition
6) Management that permits an unproductive and confrontational environment
If you can make improvements in these areas, you will see a noticeable improvement in the type of management practices that work to create and cultivate happy and productive employees.