How Bad Hiring Decisions Hurt Companies

By Dennis McCafferty
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    How Bad Hiring Decisions Hurt Companies

    How Bad Hiring Decisions Hurt Companies

    Most businesses have made bad hires at one time or another, and those decisions cause stressful situations in work teams, hurting productivity and morale.

The vast majority of small and midsize businesses run into problems when they begin to hire people, with many encountering unexpected complexities along the way, according to a recent survey from Robert Half. As a result, most have made a bad hire at one time or another, wasting literally dozens of hours to bring these candidates on board and get them up to speed on their job roles and responsibilities. The employees who work with the bad hire also suffer, because once a company concludes that the new staffer isn't going to work out and fires that person, that person's co-workers have to take on the additional work. And they often need to do so for more than a month before a replacement is hired. "Some [businesses] lack dedicated recruiting staff or a human resources function altogether," said Paul McDonald, senior executive director at Robert Half. "Multiple demands on [business owners' and managers'] time also can pull attention away from recruiting and cause it to fall to the last priority." More than 1,000 small and midsize business owners and managers took part in the research.

This article was originally published on 2017-04-06
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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