A must read for all with intranet access at Microsoft:
(Forwarded to me by a colleague who seems to know more than
This helps to re-enforce an important mindset for
all managers to have about their low performers. It's your responsibility to
get them back on track or out of the company. But no one likes going down
that hard, muddy path of kicking someone out of the company. An article like
this, at this time, is important for building the foundation of getting
folks out of the company.
The mid-point is coming up at the beginning
of the year. You don't have to wait until the major review to deliver a 2.5.
Do you have someone how needs to hit the road? They just swung strike #3? At
any moment you can talk to HR and and say "Hey, I want this person out
of here. Now. What's my responsibility to ensure this is done
Perhaps your group does an informal stack rank anyway for
mid-point. Those folks who have been around for a while that are at the
bottom of the ranking? How much are they costing your group? What if you
could have a fired-up talented college-hire instead? Move 'em out!