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Hiring new employees is one of the most challenging jobs any employer or hiring manager has to do. Someone might have all the skills and qualifications you’re looking for on paper, but that doesn’t mean they’re the right fit for your business or the team they’ll be working in. Unfortunately, a gut feeling isn’t always enough to know that a new hire isn’t fitting in. Sometimes, it becomes evident in some of the following ways:
They Don’t Try to Get On With Other Employees
Employers develop many employee onboarding ideas to help new hires transition into their roles comfortably and with as few nerves as possible. They even encourage new employees to play games like human bingo so they can get to know their colleagues.
Sometimes, new hires might not fit into their team when they make no effort to engage with or get to know the people they work with. While they are there to do a job rather than socialize, positive working relationships and interpersonal skills are crucial for ensuring businesses run smoothly.
They Don’t Take Feedback Onboard
Everybody makes mistakes, and it’s not uncommon for new hires to make plenty while learning. That’s why many employers and employees spend time offering feedback and constructive criticism to correct those mistakes and prevent workers from making them in the future.
Sometimes, it becomes evident that an employee will not be the right fit for a company when they fail to take any feedback onboard. Rather than getting better while performing a task, they undertake it the same way they’ve been taught not to and fail to consider that another way is better or more appropriate.
They Seem Bored and Disengaged
Not every employee will be actively engaged and happy about every task they have to perform at work, but continuous disengagement and boredom can be cause for concern. When employees aren’t engaged or satisfied with their work, they may not be as attentive, potentially putting them at risk of making mistakes. At this point, you might wonder whether they believe they made a mistake accepting a job offer with your company.
They Don’t Share Ideas
Workplaces are often cohesive environments where everyone is encouraged to participate actively in group discussions and share ideas. The more ideas and input that can be shared about an upcoming project, the more successful it might be.
You may wonder whether an employee is a right fit for your business when they don’t share their ideas or offer input. You might even find that they don’t provide anything particularly relevant or helpful when they’re encouraged to participate.
They Aren’t Happy – Even When You Try
Most employers would be thankful that employees feel safe enough to communicate their work-related problems. If management teams know about them, they can put steps in place to fix them. However, if an employee has approached you about not being happy with their work and not feeling valued, and you’ve done everything in your power to rectify the issue, there might not be any more you can do. You’ve provided them with feedback, support, coaching, and other changes, and they might simply not fit in.
As much as you might hope that everyone you hire will be a long-standing and loyal employee, that’s not always the case. If you have these concerns about a current employee, the information above might confirm your suspicions that they aren’t the right fit for your place of business.
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