How to Tell a New Employee “Your Work Isn’t Up to Par”

New employees aren’t the only ones who dread being called into the boss’ office (and not in a good way) for the first time. It’s also stressful for you, the manager, when a new staffer’s work isn’t quite up to par.

You know it’s not enough to say, “Do better next time”—but what, exactly, do you say? Where do you begin? How much time do you spend on what went awry and how much on fixing it moving forward?

There are three common culprits for sub-standard work—lack of professionalism, gaps in training or skills, and wrong instinct. Identify which issue is plaguing your new hire, then begin a productive discussion with these suggestions on how to tackle each one.

See the rest of my latest Daily Muse post here.