What Can You Do When You Have a Poor Performance?

Even if it never happened to you to have a poor performance, it’s highly unlikely to always be at your best. The probabilities don’t fall into place, not even mathematically, regardless if you’re among the top performers.

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No matter how much it sucks, you need to pull yourself together and see what you can do to get back on track. A failure can be compensated by the actions taken to correct it – to the extent that such corrections are possible.

If you broke a glass vase, no matter the skills put into gluing it, that object will never look the same as before. In order not to fall into extreme generalization and believe you cannot do much to repair anything anyway, let’s talk about your professional performance. 

You should first have some objectives you need to fulfill periodically: daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, annually; those objectives can be fundamentally differently from one job to another or one industry to another.

All these objectives can have the same end results – achieve or outperform or not achieve and then you may have some problems if the underperformance keeps repeating. No matter if you are a pharmacy guard or production manager at a pin factory, your job description should state clearly what are your job duties. 

You are always starting with the presumption of innocence that these things are available at your office and you don’t just play it by ear. The larger the company the more standardized are the processes and everything is monitored accordingly. 

Now, getting back to the highly unlikely situation that you are performing very badly, once you get over denial phase, you should try to overcome the emotional load up and figure out an action plan to help you to correct what went wrong.

It’s also advisable to look in the mirror rather than out the window to see how you can better yourself before blaming others for your failure. 

In case you are not performing well and other colleagues seem to excel, you should also draw out a recovery plan, preferably a short term one. When people around you tell you that you’re drunk and  you should go to bed, the next day you’d better join a rehab program – unless you are fine with waking up and finding out that your path and your employer’s are no longer the same. 

If your input was exceptional and yet you are now working in a declining industry with no chances to survive, perhaps it’s about time you look for another job. For example, in a world where camera sales are free falling for all producers, due to the smart phones – maybe you should consider the big picture. 

Good luck succeeding!

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