I have some really hard dates and part of the team is unwilling - but no unable - to help. Should I ask them to commit to the team or leave?
Due to lots of circumstances (layoffs, product changes, etc), my team is struggling to be able to meet customer needs. (We do software development.) Some of the team are really sharp but have actually told me that they considered the work beneath their abilities. I won't go into 4 months of discussions on that but it was trying but I thought I'd turned them around.
I've been told we have 6 more months to get on track for the existing products that are paying the bills versus some new stuff that was more interesting to them. (There was no "or else" statement but it was pretty clear what that would be!) This is really going to require everyone to pull together to get it done. I and some of the team believe that we can do this. But a few people do not.
I'm thinking that letting those people stay will bring down the rest. So, I'd like to ask them to commit to doing what ever is necessary. If they cannot, I do not want them on the team. They are very vocal and will discourage everyone else. I'm not sure HR will go along with it but I'm going to ask. I'd be willing to try to help them find other spots. But I really think it's time for them to sign on or leave.
I'd hope they could commit - but I'm not sure I'd believe them. The other sad thing is they are really sharp. When I get to doing new things in about 5 months I could use their skills. But by keeping them I think I send the wrong message as well as just having the drag factor.
Does this make any sense? Is there something I'm really missing? I've been spending the last 4 months giving feedback - with success I thought. But now I discover that it was only because they thought the products were going away or would become someone else's problem. That is not going to happen. So, can I ask them point blank if they can be happy with that (not just go along begrudgingly)?