Time suck: managers lose quarter of day to coaching poor workers

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Every wonder where your time disappears to? Do your managers seem confident about their workload in the morning, but by evening they haven’t dented their to-do list? It might be time to look at who’s really taking up that time.

According to a new survey from Robert Half International, supervisors spend more than a quarter (26%) of their time overseeing and coaching poorly performing hires.

And managers aren't the only ones to suffer the effects of a bad hire – 83% of those surveyed said a poor hiring decision at least somewhat impacts the morale of the team, with more than half (56%) saying morale is greatly affected.

"Companies simply cannot afford hiring mistakes -- not only are bad hires costly for the organization, but the impact on team morale can be significant," said Kathryn Bolt, Canadian president of Robert Half International. "When team members notice someone underperforming, they know they will need to take on additional responsibilities to pick up the slack, which can lead to resentment and frustration."

So what can you do? Robert Half suggests these hiring dos and don’ts:

Don’t

Go at it alone.    

Do

Tap colleagues for their thoughts on needed attributes and competencies for the open role.

Don’t

Think the Internet has all the answers.

Do

Cultivate a talent pipeline by personally reaching out to your network and recruiting sources. Online tools can be valuable, but personal interaction is the most important aspect of the hiring process.

Don’t

Take too long.    

Do

Extend an offer once you identify your top candidate. Companies that don't move quickly risk losing good people to other opportunities.

Don’t

Offer a low salary.

Do

Offer a compensation package that, at a minimum, meets the market standard.

Don’t

Fail to differentiate between must-have and nice-to-have candidate attributes.

Do

Identify the skills that are mandatory and those that can be developed. The goal is to hire the person who is the best match for the job and your work environment.

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