Posted by Julie • December 10, 2015 (Last modified June 6, 2022) • 4 min read
Say it isn’t so: Red flags with your new employee, within the first three to six months. Maybe you did everything right — you interviewed, you checked references, your team was involved, and still, it’s not working.
Sometimes it’s obvious. Want to know what issues are most commonly seen? The person you hired spends more time on Facebook than learning the job early on, when new hires are usually at their best. Attendance issues surface right away — missed meetings or too many absences. Or the new person just isn’t getting along with others.
One company executive told a hiring story about bringing on a person the team had agreed upon, a person the team needed. The employee missed meetings early on, failed to participate in trainings, and spent a lot of time on Twitter. Each team member had noticed various issues, but was scared to bring it up to the others for fear of crossing another’s opinion. When the team finally connected, it was clear the new hire wasn’t cutting it. The company took action early, but it wasn’t without consequence. Re-interviewing, retraining, and rebuilding team morale were all setbacks.
Another executive tells the story of an employee hired in the early stages of the company. The new hire did his/her best to perform, but wanted the company to have policies and procedures for everything. The company was young! They needed the employee to help to build policies and procedures. This led to frustration on both sides. Mismatch!
Other times, it’s murkier. One manager told the story of a new hire that got along well with others, so much that others hadn’t noticed the work issues yet. “Joe is a super fun guy!” Things had happened that the manager couldn’t share with the team and when the employee was let go, others feared for their jobs (they needn’t have, but they couldn’t see the whole picture).
Now, make the right hire. Manage expectations with your new hire early and often.
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