How to avoid bad hires and poor decisions

BAD HIRES: Real horror movie script – shocking audiences in your office

So you’ve brought on a new staff member and things aren’t quite going as expected? If you’re getting that sinking feeling, you are not alone.

The problem we see with bad hires is that they occur more frequently than they should.

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Effects of a poor hiring decision

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Bad hires are scary.

Bad hires are not only costly but they also negatively impact others in your business.  The cost of loss of productivity can be significant.  The out of pocket costs start to stack up, and this can be debilitating particularly for smaller businesses.

The 6 Red Flags of Bad Hires

Employers realise the true cost of a bad hire once these unqualified employees start bringing disadvantages than profit. If you’ve ever experienced this sinking feeling, then here are the top 6 things to look out for.

  • Failure to produce an acceptable quality of work.
    Employers expect productivity from their staff, even from the recent hires who may take a while before they get up to speed. Regardless of tenure, employees must present a decent amount of quality work. Sadly, bad hires don’t get this and only care about clocking in and out.
  • Failure to work well with other employees.
    We all want harmony in our business most especially in our workplace. Bad hires tend to (although not necessarily) do their things their own way, causing friction with their colleagues and superiors.
  • Having a negative attitude towards work.
    Positivity is imperative to success and so is diligence.  Lacking this feat not only adds to poor performance, but also to a gloomy atmosphere in the workplace. Make sure you correct and end this sooner than later.
  • Immediate problems with attendance.
    Excessive absenteeism and tardiness shatter discipline and efficiency among all things. Consistent attendance infractions may imply a poor hiring decision or a waning employee engagement. Either way, act on it or lose profits.
  • Employee caused customer complaints. Excellent customer service makes any business grow. If your employee causes more problems than positive response, you may have made a bad hire after all.
  • Failure to meet deadlines.
    Completing a project beyond the deadline not only impacts your reputation as a business negatively but can also incur unwanted costs and/or penalties. Avoid having someone on your payroll who deliberately and constantly overlooks targets.

How to avoid hiring the wrong person

There are hefty consequences of hiring the wrong person for the job. Do everything possible to identify indicators of these traits during the recruitment process, rather than have them infiltrate your workplace.

To minimise the chances of making a bad hire, use the best available resources, expertise and technologies when recruiting. To learn how to turn bad hires into assets, please contact Neil at 1300Hired. [/read]

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