Uh Oh! You May Have Made a Bad Hire…

Having the right people in place for each job is crucial to the success of any company. The right personnel don’t just do a good job, they can also bring a company to the next level by finding more efficient methods and spurring innovation.

Unfortunately, hiring the right candidate is a challenging thing to do. It calls for a great deal of effort, time and money to be able to get the outcomes you want. There are many businesses finding a lot of good staff members, but even the best hiring processes result in the occasional wrong decision.

Consider the following signs that a hiring decision you made was a bad one.

Bad culture match

A business culture is the cumulative attitudes of people in a company. Having a great culture helps a business retain its staff members, reducing hiring costs and lost productivity. Marked by a souring attitude and inability to get along with others, a new hire that is a bad culture fit is fairly easy to spot.

A good culture will typically discourage, in a good way, people who come in with mismatched priorities. However, occasionally new hires can damage a culture. When a new hire becomes a drag on others, action needs to be taken immediately.

A me-first attitude

Often, a company’s results depend on staff members doing work outside their basic job description. In most workplaces, job duties regularly evolve and change. A new hire should be prepared to adjust and take on tasks that weren’t the job description when they were hired.

A bad hire is someone who regularly says they are too busy to help others or can’t take on added duties. This is not only a bad attitude; it’s toxic for other staff members who need help or who are asked to take on more responsibility.

A lot of complaining

The typical workplace contains a lot of stress and its only normal for people to blow off steam by complaining. However, new hires shouldn’t feel secure enough in their job during the first few months to do a lot of complaining.

A bad hire will badmouth fellow coworkers, procedures and/or their responsibilities. This behavior can evolve into avoiding coworkers and responsibilities.

Stuck in the “old job”

You want your new employees to bring a fresh way of doing things based on their experience at a previous job. However, when a new employee isn’t willing to adopt your company’s best practices, it can lead to conflict, drama and a toxic atmosphere.

If a new employee isn’t willing to buy into your company’s system, it might be time to let that person go.

At LTI, we help our clients minimize the impacts of bad hires through temp-to-hire staffing solutions. If your company is currently looking for a more agile approach to sourcing talent, please contact us today.