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This may sound harsh, but most failures during probation are squarely the fault of the manager and the company. The top 7 reasons new employees fail are:
There will be the odd occasion where a person genuinely doesn’t care, but these are less than 1% of all new employee failures.
If you find that you are having a number of new employee failures—then go back and check out where the problem really lies. You usually will find it is not with the individuals hired, but with the person doing the hiring.
So, what do you do about it? When you have a vacancy, start by being really clear on the role you want to fill. What precisely will they be doing? Who do they report to? What are they accountable for?
Next be clear on the person who will best fit your role – their skills, attitudes and attributes.
Once you have found someone – how can you make them feel welcome, important and valued? What do you need to tell them so they quickly understand your business and “how you do things around here”.
If they get off track – talk with them and explain what you really meant for them to do. Ask for feedback on your communication and act on suggestions to improve it. Guide them back on track as gently as possible.
Yes, all of this takes time. But so does having to constantly hire new staff. Where would you prefer to invest your time?