You finally hired someone for that open position on your team. It took a while and you are looking forward to being back at full staff again. However, how do you know if that person is going to work out?

Signs Your New Hire Is Not Going to Work Out

Small business experts say to pay attention to these red flags:

  • Attendance problems. Accidents and family deaths can happen at any time. If a new hire has one of those situations, that is usually not an issue. However, if the new hire is calling in sick for vague reasons or just not showing up, you have a problem.
  • Lack of enthusiasm. When someone comes into a new job, you should expect enthusiasm for starting new projects or learning new skills. A lack of, or a radical drop in, enthusiasm is a troublesome sign.
  • Don’t want to learn. New hires usually have the highest desire to learn new things and work with new people. If there is a decided lack of interest in learning at the beginning, there is going to be apathy going forward.
  • Failure to understand basic tasks. Some people just do not have the ability or desire to learn new things. They enter a new job and struggle with the most basic parts of their jobs. They ask for help constantly, even after weeks on the job. That is a very bad sign for the future.
  • Resisting change. These are the new employees who always refer to their old jobs as the standard to which they work. They insist on doing things the way their former employers did it and refuse to do it the new way, or complain about the changes.
  • Asking for upgrades in equipment before knowing job requirements. They are just learning what their new job entails. Yet, the new hire insists that the old laptop or system is not adequate enough for their needs.
  • Overly assertive, too quickly. Having a new hire voice opinions and raise concerns is a good thing. A new hire, however, needs time to learn the culture as well as interpersonal and organizational communication patterns. Someone who is overly assertive within days of being hired will likely get worse when the probationary period is over.

It is better to go through the hiring process again rather than let a new hire bring your entire team down in chaos. For more tips on Building your Dream Team click here.

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