Despite being one of the most challenging aspects of the job, dealing with performance issues is a crucial responsibility. Managers simply can't afford to ignore underperformance in an employee. The cost of turning a blind eye to poor performance is too high on other employees and the performance of the business. 68% of works believe that low performers lower team morale, while 44% say low performers increase the burden on high performers according to a survey
discussed in The Economist. When managers fail to address underperformance, employees who are performing well consequently suffer.
"If poor performance in your remote workers continues to remain unaddressed," warns Ora Emerson, a HR manager at Paperfellows
, "you'll risk having them take advantage of not working when they're supposed to. That's why it's important to check in with your remote staff regularly, so that they know to check in and stay productive in their work despite their being away from the office."