Getting the right team member for the job is essential. You will need to invest time, money, and effort into recruiting the right person in order for you to hire well and retain your employees. The last thing that you will want to do is to dismiss your new employee soon after because you have made a poor hiring decision.
There are several things that could go wrong when you are hiring someone and having an awareness of these areas will help you to use your due diligence when it comes to making your next hire.
In this article, we’ll talk about how you can improve your employee retention by getting your hiring process right from the start.
Dishonesty in resumes is a big issue. If someone has decided to oversell themself in their application, then they may not be suitable for the job which you are hiring them for. The notion of ‘fake it until you make it’ is quite a commonly held one these days, but this can be problematic from a recruiters perspective.
Some applicants will lie outright on their resume hoping that they won’t get caught out. Many companies skip the reference stage, so people often get away with their dishonesty.
With this in mind, you should go through the applications of all of your potential new employees with a fine-tooth comb. Look for red flags. When it comes to the interview process, ask as much as you can about prior roles. Try to find out the dates they worked there and the tasks that were performed. Discover who they worked under, and what they were responsible for.
Get references from all of their previous roles. It may well seem like a lot of work to chase all of these up, however, it is essential that you do so if you hope to hire well and retain your employees. You could use the services of a reference checking company to help you to reduce the amount of work you need to do.
No employer likes to think that their employees may not be fit for work. However, if you have a team member that takes recreational drugs either during work hours or even outside of them, it could cost you in terms of both safety and productivity.
Having in-house drug testing programs will show your employees that this is not acceptable. The fact that you do testing will act as a deterrent as people will fear losing their jobs.
Investing in team training is vital when it comes to staff retention. Neglect during the induction period will mean that you won’t miss anything important out. If you have given your new employee every piece of information that you can for them to undertake their role with success, then if there is anything lacking in their performance, it will be their fault and not yours.
You should provide your team with regular reviews of their performance. That way, you will be able to highlight any areas of training and support that are needed. Give your team as much support as possible when it comes to training and ensure that they have the tools to do the job.
Keep a log of any training that you provide your team in case you need to follow up on areas in which they are not performing. Together these tips can help you hire well and retain your employees.