5 Questions to Ask Before Firing an Underperformer

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Most business owners find it difficult to terminate an employee who underperforms either for legal or emotional reasons. But every business owner must adopt the mindset of being responsible not only to the employees but for the business itself. With an underperformer hindering the business’ success, people depending on the business will also be affected.

Managing underperformance can be a challenging task. But if done properly, it can produce great results. But not all employees respond well to interventions nor strive to overcome occupational hazards or struggles. This is where a responsible business owner or manager needs to consider termination of employment as an option.

But before talking to the underperforming employee, ask these 5 essential questions first to make sure you’re making the right decision and not just acting under the influence of your emotions.

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Top 5 Sources of Work Stress and How to Fight Them

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If you are a career-oriented person, it is likely that most of your stress comes from work. Enjoying your work doesn’t necessarily mean you are free from all the dangers of exhaustion. Elements like dealing with other people, doing paperwork or filing taxes all fall under work related stress. And work stress can lead to chronic illnesses and burnout if it goes out of control. Aside from the physical and mental damage that these things cause, stress can also stop you from fulfilling your plans and achieving your goals. Ultimately, work related stress is a present problem in any workplace and it not only affects the health and well-being of employees, but also the overall productivity of their organizations.

That being said, it is important that we know what the top causes of stress are so we can react accordingly and be able to manage and tone down the stress that we get from work.

Here are the most common sources of stress at your workplace and the best ways to overcome them.

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5 Commitments You Need to Make to Become a Great Leader

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What makes a great a leader in today’s world?

A lot of us picture a leader that can do it all. A confident, all-knowing person whose decisions benefit all those he protects. Ah yes, it does sound like a description fit for the great leaders from the days of yore (General George S. Patton, anyone?). The aspiring leaders of today have to be more equipped with qualities they can use to deal with different problems that come their way. So what does it take to become a great leader in the 21st century, and what are the commitments you must make?

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