In a perfect world, you would hire a great candidate who would immediately prove you were absolutely right to hire them. They'd have the right attitude and the right skills, and you would work together happily ever after. But things aren't always —most of the time— like that in the real world. You could have hired someone thinking they were the perfect fit, only to realize later that you were wrong. How do you know things are not quite working out? Here are four new hire red flags that you need to watch out for.
Most employees have a sense of gratitude when they start a new job. If you notice there's a lot of complaining coming from your new hire, whether it is about the working conditions, the salary or the people they work with, this may mean the person didn't honestly want the job you offered them. Dissatisfaction so early on in the game is indeed something to be worried about.
Carelessness and Failure to Catch Up at the Expected Rate
Whenever you hire someone, there's an expected adjustment period. However, if your new hire seems slower to catch up than other employees and requires excessive assistance, this may put your business at risk. Also, keep an eye out for people who keep making the same mistakes over and over.
Focusing is a sign of dedication. If you notice your new employee gets easily and frequently distracted by personal activities, like social media, phone calls, etc., they might have trouble getting things done as expected.
Lack of Interest in Details
It's perfectly reasonable for new employees to have lots of questions. When they are interested in what they are doing, they'll ask all kinds of interesting things. However, a new employee that doesn't ask questions is either too shy to ask, very good at their job or simply not engaged or interested in learning more about your business and their position.
As an independent insurance agency owner, you want to make sure you bring on the best people to your team. When you have a business development and consulting member association, like Affordable American Insurance on your side, you know you've joined the best team, and that is the first step. Get started today. Join AAI.