The Federal Coach: Deadwood – The Myth of Poor Performers

In today’s column I look at the myths associated with removing poor performers in government and what practical steps managers can take.

Even if you’re not a fan, you’re probably familiar with the Discovery Channel’s MythBusters, a series that uses science and special-effects to separate fact from fiction.

The government needs its own version of MythBusters around HR rules, particularly dealing with poor performers.

Let’s examine the myths. No one in government gets fired because it is too difficult, and any supervisor crazy enough to remove someone will be sued. On the other hand, the private and nonprofit-sectors are filled with only high performers because poor performers are easily fired.

Sound familiar?

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