Businesses have their eyes on growth in 2019 but often business hiring challenges hinder expansion.
If a company wants to grow, it requires quality workers for the right jobs. And they’re hard to recruit in this tight job market.
Business Hiring Challenges
Multiple studies over the past several years indicate many businesses have had to deal with major challenges in recruiting and hiring those quality workers:
- Vast majority admit to hiring a poor choice
- Almost two-thirds had problems with their hiring procedure
- About half have miscalculated just how difficult hiring would be
Why is that?
A major factor in hiring struggles seems to be that many businesses don’t have internal personnel to do recruiting. Because of that, the hiring process defaults to senior executives, or even the business owner. But their time and attention is already fully engaged in other management responsibilities. Because of competing demands, hiring often gets put off. It doesn’t appear to be as urgent as other fire drills.
Running a team or company short-handed leads to productivity loss, and burnout – then eventually resentment and turnover. To finally solve this situation, a company often makes an impatient, quick hire – often the wrong person.
When organizations don’t take time to properly background check or thoroughly evaluate applicants, the likely outcome is the wrong hire. In one survey about 80% indicated their business had made a bad hire. Based on Glassdoor research, it’s even worse. 95 percent of employers surveyed disclosed they make hiring errors each year by recruiting the wrong employees.
It’s difficult to stay patient when you need help urgently. But you don’t want to hurry so much that you make a bad choice. This will force you back to the beginning to restart the entire process, thus wasting even more time.
Consequences of a Bad Hire
And bad hires produce multiple problems for employers:
- Wasted time recruiting and training workers who eventually do not succeed
- lost business
- decreased productivity
- increased stress on the team that worked with the bad hire
- the company’s image gets tarnished
- lost confidence in managers’ ability to make good hiring decisions
Business Hiring Challenges Timeline
But what does it take to fix these challenges and how long will it take the firm to restore workplace stability? When you’ve hired the wrong person for the job, you can start to get a sense for this fairly soon – within 1-2 months.
But that’s just the first part of a four-month marathon. Here’s an estimated timeline to fix a bad hiring decision:
- Recognition of bad hire 4 weeks
- Assess and terminate worker 9 weeks
- Recruit and hire new employee 5 weeks
- TOTAL 18 weeks
That means about 18 weeks of added uneasiness for the staff, lower productivity and potentially damaged client interactions.
Hidden Business Hiring Challenges Uncovered
Unfortunately, hiring managers often make the same mistakes when they restart the process. When they start over, frequently they simply post the same outdated job description online and then expecting the ideal candidate to materialize “out of the blue.”
And even when a candidate emerges, they check references and screen resumes using the same inadequate methods. They assign the same interviewers who made the hiring mistake in the first place.
Also, they may again fail to observe applicants’ soft skills. On balance, insufficient soft skills account for more than one-third of bad hiring mistakes. Circumstances like a poor culture fit or personality conflicts often are the cause of bad hires. Soft skills like leadership, communication and organization are increasingly important in today’s recruitment climate. However, many hiring managers don’t yet realize this.
And in this tight job market, the chances of hiring success with an out-of-date recruitment process are slim.
Think of the hiring process in its entirety. Then you can grasp on your own the complexity of recruiting for the right worker.
The Strength of a Staffing Agency
More and more businesses have overcome hiring challenges by selecting a staffing agency. It helped them get the quality hire they need for the job. An agency can recruit and have the candidate go through orientation and ‘hit the ground’ running faster. And better still, it allowed the employer to focus on the demands of managing their business.
Flexicrew to the Rescue
In a November 2018 Best of Staffing survey by Inavero, respondents reported success from partnering with Flexicrew Staffing agency. This has been the case in 6 of the past 7 years.
When employing with a reliable staffing partner, business owners are able to:
- Reach more candidates
- Receive a satisfaction guarantee for every employee
- Maintain productivity of their team
- Save time and resources of current staff
- Add a standardized, professional employment process
Need hiring and recruiting help? Contact Flexicrew. We’ve been finding quality employees for businesses like yours since 2008.