- Tips for hiring the right team members
- Why hiring the right people is important
- The most common reasons companies don’t end up with the hire they intended
People are the most important aspect of your company, responsible for how you operate, how you present yourself to clients and customers, and ultimately how successful you are. When it comes to hiring the right people in your company, you want to hire those with similar values and work ethics while diversifying the workplace in terms of gender, ethnicity, and skillsets.
You need to create a cohesive workplace while identifying what every employee can bring on an individual level. And it can be a tricky balancing act. In this post, we’ll explore the importance of hiring the right people for your company and throw in some tips to help you out.
Why hiring the right people is important
As companies grow, it can be increasingly difficult to put enough focus on the hiring process. But if you let your search for talent dip, it can have serious consequences for the business.
The numbers behind bad hires and their associated costs are quite startling. A 2017 report found that 85% of HR decision-makers in UK businesses admit their organisation has made a bad hire, and that a worker with a salary of around £42,000 could cost a business more than £132,000.
Where does this cost come from? You might have to pay for employee training if they turn out to be underqualified. If that doesn’t work, there are the costs associated with employee offboarding and onboarding if you need to start the process again.
A drain on employee morale
A workplace where every member of the organisation works in perfect harmony may be an idealistic one. Conflicts are bound to happen, but with the right people they won’t have a long-lasting negative impact. But bad hires can be a catalyst to a tense, disconnected and disengaged workplace. And spending time to correct the mistake of a bad hire can leave the rest of your team disheartened.
Decrease in productivity
If bad hires bring with them the potential to disengage the workforce, and it’s costing time and money to rectify their mistakes, you can be assured this will cause the productivity of workers and the overall business to fall.
Why do organisations hire the wrong people?
No company sets out with the intention of hiring the wrong person. We’ve identified the most common reasons companies don’t end up with the hire they intended, and how they can be avoided.
• Hiring is outsourced
You shouldn’t be outsourcing the hiring process to external recruiters. It can be tempting to, especially in large organizations, but recruiters don’t know the personalities currently within your organization, or the ideal hire you have in mind. While it does take more time to hire internally, you can see it as a time (and money) saver when you pit it against hiring the wrong person and having to restart the process.
If you feel like you have no other option but to outsource hiring, make sure you take the time to find recruiters that know your industry and understand the type of person you’re looking for, as well as the role.
• The pool of talent is too small
With a level of uncertainty and instability around employment levels, it can make sense for companies to make their talent search quick and painless, fearing that the ‘best talent’ will get snapped up quickly. While candidates may not take long to find a new job, you should make sure your search is as broad as possible. Post on major job boards (online and offline) to attract as many potential candidates as possible, giving you the best chance at hiring the right people for your company.
• You exhibit a lack of patience
In the same vein as narrowing your talent search, not giving the process enough time can result in you taking someone who is not an ideal match for the role. Patience can be a difficult thing to live by, especially if you feel like you need a new member of staff to start immediately. But you should give yourself as much time as possible to conduct the hiring process, so you can wait until the perfect hire finds you!
3 tips for hiring the right people
People are the most important aspect to the business. So, we thought it would be a good idea to get some first-hand insight from the leaders that have made Fifty Five and Five what it is today. Here’s their biggest piece of advice when it comes to hiring the right people.
1. Avoiding unconscious bias
Chris Wright – Founder, Fifty Five and Five.
2. Onboarding and offboarding is vital
Aidan Danaher – Account Director, Fifty Five and Five.
3. Cast as wide a net as possible
Stephen Reilly, Head of Content, Fifty Five and Five.
For more information on what to look out for when hiring the right people, get in touch with us today.
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