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What’s Next for Lagging Performers?


Your current performance is lagging behind your peers, but that doesn’t mean it has to stay that way.  Having a better understanding of what is holding you back can help you identify how to overcome or remove your barriers, allowing you to become a steadier performer.  Making immediate adjustments to your performance can get you back on track, but first, we need to determine what those adjustments need to be, when we need to make them by, and how we can make them.   


To move forward, it is important that we reflect on where we are right now and how we got here.  Having a clear and objective understanding of our current situation can help us create a tailored approach to our path forward and upward.  

Use the questions below to reflect on your current work experience: 


  • What has your recent performance looked like? 
  • Are you completing all your tasks? 
  • Do you have a strong understanding of your role and what is expected? 
  • Do you feel like you need additional training in a specific area?   


  • When you are working, do you feel engaged and passionate about what you’re doing? 
  • What gets you excited to come to work? 
  • What do your interactions with others look like? 


  • What is your favorite part about your role? 
  • Where do you see yourself in a year/3 years/5 years?  
  • What does your relationship with your Manager look like? 


Discussion Topics to Consider:


  • What is holding you back from performing at your best?  Reflect on when you feel the most uncomfortable with your work.  Is it in an area that you may need additional training?  Are you feeling overwhelmed?  Discussing your current barriers with your Manager is going to require some reflection and transparency.   
  • You have the ability to become a steady performer, but first, we need to identify our greatest obstacles.  As you begin to determine your path forward, you will likely be challenged to make some adjustments.  Change can be uncomfortable, but when we approach a challenge with a growth mindset, we can become more motivated and inspired.  


  • Working closely with your Manager with your plan forward can help both of you to be on the same page.  They can also provide insight into what they believe could help you improve your performance.  Having a collaborative, two-way conversation about your development can create an efficient plan forward, and also strengthen your relationship with your Manager.   
  • It is essential that your plan forward is specific and detailed with checkpoints and deadlines.  Having a clear path forward will help you know exactly what you need to do to improve.  The checkpoints and deadlines will ensure that you are making the necessary adjustments in your performance to fast-track your progress.  Additionally, again, having the specific and detailed plan forward will help both you and your Manager to be on the same page and will help them to know how to best support you in your development.   
  • Want to learn more about how to create specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely goals?  Visit our page Goal-Setting with Truvelop.  


Now that you have established your path forward with your Manager, it is time to settle in and work towards your goals.  Identify some motivators that can help to meet your challenges with a growth mindset. 


  • Why do you work towards your goals? 
  • Is it to receive praise? 
  • Is it to receive a promotion? 
  • Is it to help your team be successful?  
  • Is it to avoid reprimand? External demands can help us to stay accountable for our performance and can drive us forward. 


  • What do you love most about your day-to-day role? 
  • Do you enjoy working with a team? 
  • Do you enjoy doing tasks that you have a natural talent for?  When we genuinely enjoy what we are doing, it is easy to be motivated and engaged.  However, becoming good at something can require extra effort.  Knowing that we are improving and moving towards that level of confidence and competence  that we desire can help keep us working towards our goals.  

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You have the ability to become a steady performer, but it is going to require a clear path forward and dedication to reaching your goals.  Working closely with your Manager can help you understand and establish your direction forward, but it is ultimately going to come down to you.  Seek out additional training opportunities, identify and leverage your motivators, and adjust your performance where it is necessary.  Onward and upward!  



Updated on October 30, 2023
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