It’s happened from time to time – sometimes employees just don’t work out. Maybe the hiring process was rushed, or the expectations weren’t clearly defined. Whatever the reason, you’re organization is stuck with an employee who is not a good fit for the job.
Now what do I do?
Here are some steps you should take if you have made a bad hire:
- Identify why. Did you hire a new employee, only to throw him or her into a role with little direction, expecting immediate results? Or maybe the employee was a great fit, skills-wise, but simply doesn’t fit into your corporate culture. Take the time to understand exactly why an employee did not work out. It’s crucial to understand the “why,” so that you don’t make another bad hire.
- Document Issues. If a hire turns out to be belligerent, a bad seed or someone who makes critical errors, it is essential that you document any and all incidents and discussions. Employees who are fired are sometimes inclined to sue for unfair treatment. Most of us hate to think it could happen to us, but it is more common than you might think. Assess the performance (and/or issues) of an employee regularly and formally (in writing), particularly during the first few weeks and months of employment. If you decide to terminate an employee, this documentation can protect you from liability if you are taken to court.
- Talk to the employee about any issues. Besides documenting issues internally, take the time to talk to the employee about issues you’ve noted. This will reduce the surprise factor if an employee is fired, and will also give them a genuine opportunity to resolve the issues and maintain employment.
- Keep an eye on the law. Employment law can vary from state to state, so make sure you are aware of any special items of note in your state. Laws can vary regarding vacation time, final paychecks, and other elements. Make sure you’re adhering to all applicable laws.
At Masiello Employment Services, “bad hire” is a 4-letter word.
That’s because we have extensive screening and hiring techniques in place to ensure we provide your business with only the most qualified and best fit employees available.
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