Lowered standards and micromanagement aren't the solution to poorly performing employees, writes author Robert Moskowitz, but providing a supportive environment and clear direction are. "[E]xplicitly ask them for a renewed commitment to improvement, something along the lines of: 'Will you meet all these requirements?' " he writes in this blog post. "Some employees won't commit, and you can let them go without qualms. Others will rise to the occasion. Note that until an employee fully accepts this challenge, there is little chance of any long-lasting improvement."

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