Small businesses employ a staggering 51% of all Americans. With a smaller amount of employees, the cost of a bad hire can be high. Whether they don’t work out because of skills, morale, or behavior, replacing them will be expensive.
So, what impact can a bad hire have on a small company?
Bad hires are costly. The longer they’re a part of your organization, the higher up their position, and the more training they receive, the more costly they become. More importantly, they can cause more than financial harm. Your company’s reputation and productivity can be affected. Clients may wonder why you made a bad hire, and firing the hire can be very distracting to other employees.
Sometimes the effects of a bad hire can linger long after they’re gone. Company morale can be negatively affected and other employees could even leave with your bad hire if they’re convinced you’re in the wrong. If you have made a bad hire, it is important to repair relationships with present employees and possibly engage them in your next hiring process to look out for red flags.
Small business owners have a lot of their plates. The typical small business owner has a lot more on their plate than just HR decisions. Finding time to run a company and vet a candidate can be impossible. Not to mention, you are likely not an expert in recruiting and hiring. It can be very easy to miss key things that a hiring professional or screening professional would catch. If you make a bad hire, it can increase your already large workload.
One of the best tools to give a small business owner a hand is a background check. Running a background check takes some of the vetting off your plate and allows someone with more time and expertise do the research. The result is a much more thorough analysis of any potential hire, lowering the risk of making a poor choice.
No matter how many protective measures a small business owner puts in place, there’s always a chance that any hire you make can be a bad one. But by staying aware of the risks and performing a background screen, checking references of the applicant and providing assessments; you can feel secure that you’ve taken measures to avoid bad hires.
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