Tips to Help Slow Employees Speed Up Learning

It is common for some companies to have employees who are quite slow in catching up with the pace of everyone else. Sometimes, you already knew that the employee will be slow, but you decided to hire due to undeniable skills. It is okay to be slow as long as the results are accurate. Besides, you can help train them to start catching up with the pace of other employees.

Determine why they are slow

Some employees work slowly because it is in their nature to work that way. They prefer accuracy over speed. They also want to see to it that they do not commit any flaws before turning over their work. If you have employees who provide excellent work, but not at the pace you wanted, you need to give them time to adjust. However, some employees are slow because they are either confused or lack the knowledge necessary to get the job done. It helps if you find out first what caused their slow pace before determining how to help them.

Put them in a team

Put them in a team

Another way to speed them up is by placing them with a team. It might help for them to be around people who work at a fast speed. They will also try catching up because it is quite embarrassing to be a burden to the team. Besides, if they need help or they do get stuck, their team members will be there. Just make sure you regularly check the team. It is possible that slow employee will speed up, but it could also be the other way around where the fast ones start slowing down.

Set deadlines

The reason why your employees are quite slow is that they do not need to hurry. Set a timeline for everyone to follow. It is also crucial that you remain strict with the deadline that you set. Let everyone know that if they are unable to turn over their work within that timeline, the rest will be messed up. This will motivate the slow workers to go faster.

Try limiting distractions

You might also have tons of tasks required of your employees. Hence, they could not focus on what they need to finish. They also get confused with what to prioritize until they give up and not do anything at all. Therefore, you need to try limiting distractions by giving them one task to accomplish at a time. You can increase the volume later once the first task is about to be finished.

Give your employees a different task

Perhaps, you assigned one employee in a department he is not suitable. If given a different job description, the results could have been way too different. Talk to that employee to determine what job would make him comfortable and fast.

You need to do these things when the slow employee starts to become a burden to the rest. Otherwise, you need to be patient in understanding the pace.

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