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Many managers think of their employees as "A, B or C" employees. In some cases, companies actually get rid of "C" employees on a regular basis. I've never seen anyone actually define what it means to be an A, B or C employee so I took it upon myself to outline how I think it breaks down:
A employee- takes the company forward in a meaningful way. Goals are benchmarks, not the end game. Puts the needs of the overall business first with an understanding that personal rewards follow corporate gains. Bolster's team spirit through optimism, energy, creativity and respect.
B employee- maintains the status quo, service the business well, strives to meet goals. Focuses on personal compensation, but is happy when the company succeeds
C employee- has a negative impact on the overall growth and expansion of the team's efforts. Brings negativity and skepticism to the process, builds walls in an attempt to protect their job knowing that it may be in jeopardy. Blames others for failure and lack of advancement.