Hiring someone who is a bad fit for your business can be costly. A study from the MIT Sloan School of Management found that hiring and training an employee costs 1.25 to 1.4 times their annual salary. That’s a hefty price for an employee who might burn out after three months. Traditional HR wisdom says that the first 90 days usually let you know who is going to work out. Here’s how to know you might have hired a lemon.
5 Signs Your New Hire is a Bad Fit for Your Business
- They want to do everything alone: Turning down collaboration and taking on more assignments than is realistic is usually a sign of future burnout. While diving in is great, you want to see employees who are building lasting relationships with the team and keeping a sustainable pace. An employee who does too much alone is unlikely to last.
- They refuse to change their routines: The employee who endlessly talks about their old company or their needs as a professional might not be a great fit. While you should let them share any best-practices they might have, they also need to be ready to adapt and merge with your company culture. Flexibility is essential in the modern workplace.
- They only look out for themselves: Even if they reach out to the team, keep an eye out for employees who only talk with team members who offer career benefits to them. It’s important for new hires to engage with their colleagues and try to become part of the community. If they ignore the interns and pester the executives, it could be a sign their own prestige is more important to them than the company’s mission.
- They only want important assignments: The employee who is always looking for a grandiose assignment might seem ambitious, but generally they burn out. If they really believe in the vision of the organization, they should be willing to do some boring and uninteresting things, too. A committed employee understands that tedium is part of how change happens.
- They seem lazy: This sign is somewhat unsophisticated, but a new hire should be taking every step they can to demonstrate value to the company. If your new employee is the type that continually does the bear minimum, there is no worse sign.
Companies are only as good as their people, and if you have hired the wrong person, it’s better that you know early. If your new hire shows these signs, it might be time to start interviewing again.