I'm just starting O3s with my team, and one of them is a poor performer. He's an entry-level guy in an entry-level position, so I'm willing to try to coach him into a better performer, but he seems to improve immediately after getting feedback, then go back to his former ways. Basically it appears as though he is too lazy or not interested in doing his job. He works part-time on the night shift, and I only see him face to face once a week (two nights a week he works from home, one in the office).
When I give him feedback now, he generally understands what he did wrong and he seems to have a well-developed response mechanism of admitting that he made a mistake and clearly identifying what he should do differently in the future. He'll do it for a while, then regress.
I've come to realize over the past 6 months that he has not grown at all in this time, and that I could go out on the street and easily find someone I'd be happier with, with minimal business interruption. He has had a couple of medium-level screw-ups, but not particularly any fire-able offenses.
Monday is my first MT O3 with him. (I've had a couple of non-MT O3s with him), but now I've found MT. I'm hoping that it is appropriate for me to lay out the fact that his performance needs to become more consistent and that I should not have to remind him the basics of doing his job every few weeks. Is it okay for the first O3 to be a somewhat negative experience? Should I go as far as to tell him that right now I'm having to think hard of reasons to keep him on the team?
Also, since he always admits right away that he was in the wrong and promises to do better, it tends to make the conversation very short. It will probably not take 10 minutes to go over this with him. He also has a (common rookie) problem with his technical skills that I would like to coach him on, but I think that is a lot to digest in one O3, and that issue can wait until the next O3 (two weeks later, since he is part time). But if I have time left over in my 10 minutes, it will be tempting to launch into it.
Any advice appreciated, thanks! -Jenn
P.S. I'm downloading the Systemic Feedback cast now!