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Expectations for Employees: Is Hiring the Luck of the Draw?

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Ever hired someone stellar in the interview process but came to find out you made a horrible mistake? Surprisingly, this happens quite often, but why? There are many reasons why your new employee got hired but turned out to be a dud. Maybe you didn’t perform due diligence with reference and background checks or maybe you failed to set appropriate expectations for employees. Or, perhaps the candidate lied during the interview. Regardless, you are in a challenging situation. So, what do you do?

Here are some important questions to ask. Are your expectations for employees reasonable? Is the issue related to their personality or their ability to get work done? The old saying “skills can be learned, but personality can’t” especially hold true in the workplace. If the primary issue with the employee is a personality conflict, it may be best to part ways.

If you feel like you need to let an employee go, don’t delay. I read once that a firm gave a new employee 14 days to prove themselves, and they weren’t afraid to immediately get rid of people who didn’t work out. At the end of the day, you are responsible for protecting the company at all costs, even if it means letting someone go quickly.

Finally, check yourself. Some people might be great employees, and you might be the problem. Maybe you are a perfectionist, and no one will make you happy. If you find yourself in this situation, you have some growing to do too.

Read these six tips for setting expectations for employees.

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