Managers spend more than one-quarter of their time managing poor performers

8 in 10 say poor hiring decisions impact team morale: Survey
||Last Updated: 11/13/2012

Managers asking themselves, "Where does the day go?" may now have an answer.

On average, supervisors spend more than one-quarter (26 per cent) of their time overseeing poorly performing employees, found a survey of 270 CFOs by Robert Half International.

However, managers aren't the only ones to suffer the effects of a bad hire. Eighty-three per cent of respondents said a poor hiring decision at least somewhat impacts the morale of the team, with more than one-half (56 per cent) saying morale is greatly affected.

"Companies simply cannot afford hiring mistakes — not only are bad hires costly for the organization, but the impact on team morale can be significant," said Kathryn Bolt, Canadian president of Robert Half International. "When team members notice someone underperforming, they know they will need to take on additional responsibilities to pick up the slack, which can lead to resentment and frustration."

Robert Half offers the following tips to make sure the right people are hired for the right job.

•Tap into colleagues for their thoughts on needed attributes and competencies for the open role.

•Cultivate a talent pipeline by reaching out to your network and recruiting sources.

•Extend an offer once you identify your top candidate — companies that don’t move quickly risk losing good people.

•Offer a competitive compensation package.

•Identify the skills that are mandatory and those that can be developed — the goal is to hire the person who is the best match for the job and your work environment.

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