3 Ways to Tell That You Made a Bad Hire
There’s nothing worse than making a bad hire — except maybe keeping them on despite their inability to perform their expected duties to your satisfaction. Sometimes it’s easy to tell when you’ve hired the wrong person, but there are times when it’s a little tougher.
Did You Make a Bad Hire? Here’s How to Tell.
- Your new employee makes the same mistakes over and over again.It’s easy to write it off when a new hire seems to keep making the same mistake. After all, they’re new, right? But a good employee actively works to not make mistakes after they’ve been told how things should be done, once a mistake happens. A bad hire continues to make the same mistake – either not paying attention, or not caring that they’re making a mistake.
- This particular employee ignores the boundary between work resources and personal use. Many employees use a computer to do at least a portion of their work, and for individuals who frequently check social media, it can be a challenge not to use work computers for personal reasons. If you’ve warned an employee about their social media use during non-break times and the behavior continues, you’ve made a bad hire.
- Attendance issues become a regular occurrence.If a new employee gets to work late and you have issues with their timekeeping early on, you’ll likely continue to have those problems.
Steps to Remove a Bad Hire
If you’ve made a bad hire, you can take steps to remove them from your organization.
- Document conversations about their behavior. Each time there is a problem and each time you speak to them, it’s important to create documentation and keep it in the personnel file. If you’ve set up a plan to change behaviors or for your employee to improve their work, you’ll want to document that too, including the consequences that will occur if changes are not made.
- Make sure everyone involved signs and has copies of those documents. This creates a paper trail showing that you’ve tried to work with the employee to improve conditions.
- Set clear goals and expectations. If you’ve made a bad hire then chances are that they will fail there, giving you clear reasons for letting the bad hire go.
If you are struggling with finding quality candidates, consider turning to a staffing agency for help.
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