A few months back, you hired a new team member and thought your days of being short-staffed were over, but here you are searching again. Whether the employee quit or you had to fire them, it’s always disappointing when a seemingly promising new hire doesn’t work out.
The U.S. unemployment rate has been declining steadily for the past few years. People no longer feel obligated to stay at a job that doesn’t make them happy — even if it’s only been a short while since they started. Similarly, hiring mistakes happen, and as a manager, you can’t be expected to keep a new employee on staff if they clearly aren’t working out.
4 Reasons Your New Hire Failed
Poor Cultural Fit
Your new employee probably looked great on paper, but even the sharpest skills can’t help a person assimilate into a company culture they just don’t fit into. For example, if your office is a big open space that’s always noisy with the chatter of people collaborating, but your new hire is a quiet person who prefers solo work, it’s quite obvious why things didn’t work out. In the future, give candidates a better introduction to your company culture, ask behavioral interview questions, and involve multiple team members in the interview process.
Lack of Onboarding
New employees can’t be expected to walk into the office on their first day and hit the ground running. It doesn’t matter how talented the person is and how many years of experience they have to their name, providing a thorough onboarding program is still necessary. This includes things like meeting regularly with them to see how they’re adjusting, giving them a 30-60-90-day plan to work with and providing training on pertinent software programs.
In most cases, the duties associated with every position at your company change with time, as your business grows and evolves. Consequently, job descriptions must be updated every time the position is vacated. If you’re still posting the same content used to market the job five or ten years ago, new hires are probably settling into the role and quickly realizing it was misrepresented.
It’s always shocking to think you’re hiring a lovely person who is excited to join your team, only to discover your new employee is lazy with a bad attitude. Most candidates are on their best behavior during a job interview, so you need to scratch the surface with behavioral questions. Past behavior is a key indicator of how people will conduct themselves in the future, so don’t leave any stone unturned.
Hiring a new employee is a huge commitment, so partner with Barrington Staffing to get it right the first time. You can count our employment agency to staff your company with the best-fit temporary, temporary-to-staff and direct hire professionals every time. Contact us today to learn more!