Submitted by adunkerley on
I just started a new role in a company that has a low performance culture, which is to say they do their hours but rarely go the extra mile. This makes it difficult for my team to boost performance when other teams do the minimum. "Why should we work harder when so and so's team don't have to," is pushback I've already received in my very brief and initial discussions. I have no problem providing feedback and if necessary, working a problem worker out the door but when they are meeting minimum standards it is hard to put a performance plan in place.
Obviously, this is something that needs to be dealt with with my peer managers and the CEO but to ruffle feathers when I've only just started is easier said than done.
I could of course raise standards but many existing managers will be unsupportive because they think my team and theirs, are doing just fine.
Any suggestions on how to approach this problem would be greatly appreciated.
I've never worked in a land of mediocrity like this before...
Fit in, fit in, fit in...
There's a cast for that. Actually there are at least 5 casts for that. This link might work. If the link doesn't work, search for "90 Day New Job Plan."
My initial advice would be to understand why things are the way they are before you start recommending changes, but the casts provide much more advice and actionable tasks that will help you with this situation.