It can be easy to fall into the trap of spending more and more attention on those who are not performing in your organization. It’s human nature to want to bring the best out in all of your people, but sometimes you will encounter people who are so lost or so unreliable that the only choice may be for them to self-select their way out of your company.
One of the challenges of my company has been to manage a virtual team of interns who have done a great job of working on projects remotely. At times, I too have had non-performers who have turned in little work or turned in a less than quality product/service; the key has been to give more attention to them at the beginning and if they don’t perform to rely on the higher performers and give them more recognition.
It has always been challenging for me to let go of people because I want to bring out the best in everyone who crosses my path in business. However, it makes it very easy to let someone go from your business when they disappear or find their own route to departing on their own; I have found taking this approach has always prevented me from having to deal with a potential unemployment case or a situation where I have to fire someone on my own.