The Other Side of Staff Aptitude

The Other Side of Staff Aptitude

The generation of today’s employees seem not to be loyal to one job; they tend to change or quit easily – probably to advance their career, seek better careers, or as a result of a fallout with their employers. In the case of a fallout, people are too quick to take sides. Generally, they blame employees’ decision to quit their places of work on the unfriendly attitude of the managers or employers. Though this may be true to some extent, however, there is always another angle to every issue. Of course, reviewing employee performance takes a deep reflection and an objective mind to investigate the true cause of the disparity. It could be a result of an interplay of a variety of factors which, most likely, may not be revealed.

Many articles, journals, and other writings have been written to exonerate employees from their decisions to quit their jobs. This article tends to deviate from the bandwagon, or rather, the consensus. Aside from lack of trust, respect, and support, poor welfare conditions, lack of compensation or appreciation, lack of advancement or growth opportunities, feeling of underutilization, poor management, poor communication, feeling overworked or overstressed, unhealthy work environment, disparity between personal or professional goals and organization’s values, certain life changes in terms of geographical location and relationship, among others.

Have you ever considered the grounds related to employees inaptitude? Employees are expected to possess certain skills for the job position they held or are to occupy. Every organizational aptitude requires this competency component in every employee. It has to do with employees’ ability to do particular work at a certain level. Employee performance evaluations are determined prior to employment and checked throughout their working life. Aptitude is more of an inborn potential, rather than an ability which is learned, acquired, or developed. Talented people tend to show high results in certain activities; however, such an activity may be in a single direction.

Effective managers recognize the fact that the “ideal” employee is a recruit and, thus, requires a certain level of development together with their skill in order to capitalize on their potentials for improved organizational productivity. Thus, their development is a manager’s essential task. A manager’s skills are measured basically by increased employee performance. In other words, the better an employee, the better their superior and, ultimately, the entire organization. A good employee performance management system enhances the employer’s values.

Thus, employee development should assist employers in fulfilling the arduous task of getting the right person in the right job. Note the intentional use of “right” here. This is because no organization or employee is ideally perfect. Practically during a continued employee performance appraisal, they may not be able to fulfill or accomplish every requirement or demand of their job. The reason is not far fetched from the constantly evolving organization’s requirements as well as the workforce. Nevertheless, every employer strives to get the maximum inputs of their employees in terms of skills and abilities. In return, employees are expected to increase their knowledge and skills. This may be through in-service training or self-development. Anything short of this has an indirect implication of the non-requirement of the service of such an employee.

Employee inaptitude is usually demonstrated after their actual placement in the organization. Employees are usually expected to meet their given targets within a specified period. The failure to meet those targets could be a basis for an employer to dismiss their employees. This is because every organization has goals that must be met and each department in the organization, though distinct, works towards a common goal. An organization that establishes the inadequate performance of its employees on that ground may dismiss such employees as retaining them may have a negative impact on the organization.Usually, employee inaptitude is an interplay of many factors. It could be a result of the employee’s failure to adapt to certain modifications, particularly in the technical area, of their job and their impossibility to be redeployed to fit into another role in the company or development of sudden apathy in the job by the employee. The latter makes the employee carry out their duties poorly and usually in dissonance with the capacities, skills, and potentials discovered in them by their employers prior to their employment. There is also professional inaptitude which occurs when an employee commits multiple errors.

However, there are some underlying factors such as an extreme feeling of depression or anxiety, which may eventually result in a nervous breakdown. Usually, employees tend to set a certain standard or expectation for themselves. This makes them vulnerable to workplace stress. Such an individual may commit themselves too much to details that are not in direct relationship with their immediate job requirements. This places their productivity at a stagnation. Thus, inaptitude sets in, and they risk losing their jobs. In the eventuality of job loss, the employer may be justified.

The inaptitude of employees could have devastating effects on their working lives as well as their survival and success in future roles. Nevertheless, employees fail to see through their inaptitude. Rather, they blame companies and managers. They need to come to terms with the fact that their failure to adapt their competencies to their position or job has a negative impact on the organization’s workforce, performance, and, ultimately, productivity. It then boils down to employers to put in place necessary strategies to equip employees with self-management skills. They must be trained in the use of a systematic approach in managing their personal and professional life. Employees tend to perform below expectations not only because they lack the needed technical skills but also as a result of poor self-management. Employees are one of the greatest assets of any organization, and their potentials should be effectively utilized.

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The Other Side of Staff Aptitude

Dr. Roy Prasad

Dean, EDUK8U Grad School Asia

Head of Executive Programmes

Infrastructure University Kuala Lumpur (IUKL)


The Other Side of Staff Aptitude