6 Signs That Your Employees Don’t Like Their Jobs
Hiring the wrong people has a negative impact to your business. That’s why it’s important to know that you’ve hired the right employees. So how can you identify those people who are not suitable in your company?
- They don’t know much about your organization
Candidates who come in for their interview without having done any homework on your organization aren’t likely to make an educated decision as to whether they’re a good match for you. Savvy candidates will use the interview as an opportunity to probe you further about your business’s culture based on their preliminary research.
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- Communication Breaks Down
No matter the line of business, communication matters—a lot. Assuming you are crystal clear in the types and frequency of communication you and the business require, it can be concerning when things consistently slip through the cracks or become problems down the road. If your new hire is falling behind in this capacity, set expectations and make communication requirements clear. Do you need to be cc’d on all emails? Say so. Do you need status spreadsheets or documents updated in real-time? Set that expectation. Whatever your method and processes, it’s up to you, the boss, to set communications standards. But if your new hire isn’t picking up what you’re putting down, the fit simply might not be right.
- Asking for Lots of Special Treatment
The work schedule was laid out in advance and contracts were signed with that understanding. Yet suddenly during the first couple of weeks, your new employee is asking for special privileges.
That’s a red flag.
If everyone else works Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and that was clearly conveyed to your new hire, then it’s a real problem if he’s already asking for a four-day workweek or leaving work early every Wednesday. If there was a problem with the schedule, it should’ve been addressed during the interview. Besides, catering to a new employee while forcing existing workers to stick to what was in place, is going to create big problems.
- Saying ‘That’s Not My Job’
Uh-oh! If an employee thinks they can stick to their job description in the first week you’re going to have major issues. The problem with this one is that a lot of the time things come up that don’t really fall under anyone’s job description but that need to be done – and someone needs to do them. A good employee will happily take on any work you give them and be a real ‘team player’… and if they don’t do this in the first week, there’s no suggestion they’re likely to do it further down the lin
- They have immediate attendance problems
An employee who is late or absent within the first few weeks will nearly always be a chronic attendance offender.
I once analyzed attendance records for more than 1,000 employees over a five-year period and found employees late or absent in the first week of employment had a 35% likelihood of violating attendance standards and a 45% likelihood of hovering, for years, within one or two absences of violating standards.
There are exceptions, but an employee who misses one day early only usually misses a lot of days later.
- Don’t Team Up Well
There’s nothing wrong with someone who prefers to work alone, especially if they work a night shift or do a job that requires a lot of focus. However, new workers should be able to work alone and in a group, and should thrive well in a group. Those who may shy away from others and don’t really want to work with others can be difficult to integrate into your team.