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· Communication,Work Styles,Leadership

Shirking is one of the most destructive conversations a supervisor can have with their staff.  So, what is shirking? 

It is  when, in a conversation, a leader is SUPPOSED to give some constructive feedback to a direct report but instead puts the blame onto someone else, perhaps upper management or even the owner.  

Shirking is partly damaging because it hurts the particular employee who missed out on some important feedback.  It causes harm because it undermines the entire leadership team.  It shows division within management and utterly destroys alignment.  

How can we all be pulling in the same strategic direction when we don’t share the same standards and expectations?  

Having an effective Performance Management Program will minimize shirking in your organization. 

"Remember, success is not measured by heights attained but by obstacles overcome. We’re going to pass through many obstacles in our lives: good days, bad days. But the successful person will overcome those obstacles and constantly move forward.” – Booker T. Washington