Posts for Category: Employee Evaluation

Firing Is a Favor

Posted on: April 18th, 2014

The damage that an unproductive and disengaged worker can cause is impossible to tally. In
my research on organizational behavior patterns, I have found that co-workers recognize disengagement much sooner than management. As a result, the impact on employee morale, as well as its effect on customers and productivity, is often devastating. Dissatisfaction, frustration
and constant griping create a vortex that sucks the enthusiasm out of even the most productive and engaged workers.


Productive employees . . . born or made?

Posted on: April 18th, 2014

How do you know if you have a good person-to-position match-up? The obvious answer would be a happy, productive, engaged and motivated employee. If this is so simple then why are so many employees and employers unhappy with each other? The answer to this question begins with the employer’s awareness of the employees’ natural behavior and communication preferences. This awareness stems from believing that each employee is a unique individual with natural talents and abilities, and with one important common need: to be happy.


Hiring “Good” Doesn’t Cut It Anymore

Posted on: March 2nd, 2014

In 207 B.C, 2000 years ago, the Chinese Han dynasty attempted to create a scientific process for hiring their civil servants. They thought the answer would be to write detailed job descriptions, but despite this rationale, few of the people hired performed as they expected.

Today’s hiring efforts are more daunting than ever. Resumes often leave hiring managers with more questions than answers. Even after thinking they made a “good” hire, it’s not unusual for hiring managers to be left wondering, “What was I thinking?” Not unlike the days of 207 B.C., it is still impossible for hiring to be done by a scientific process. Only a systematic approach and an awareness of common mistakes made in the hiring process will enhance your odds of hiring superior performers. From research conducted by The Kabachnick Group we found the following to be the most common mistakes made during the hiring process:

  1. Hiring in reactive mode. Too often there is panic and a feeling of having to quickly fill a position simply to replace someone who has just left, causing steps to be skipped and potential dangers to be overlooked.
  2. Expecting to find the twin. Susan was terrific, so I need to find another Susan. The only thing we’ve successfully cloned so far is sheep, so don’t expect to clone Susan.
  3. Unrealistic expectations. The job description looks like it was created for Superman, including expectations that no one person could possibly meet.
  4. Asking poor interview questions. The interviewer fails to probe into specific examples, focusing instead on generalizations or opinions versus substantive facts, as if they were taken right out of a book on how to interview.
  5. Taking the resume at face value. Beware of simply taking the resume at face value. Think of it as “The Greatest Story Ever Told,” because it probably is. After all, who is about to include that six month stint that was a complete failure?
  6. Relying on references. No one lists anyone but positive references. And, even if they did, with today’s legal issues, no one’s about to reveal the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
  7. I like you because you’re just like me. It’s very easy to fall into the “halo” trap and like the candidate because he/she’s a lot like you. The problem is, your job is already filled and the one you’re trying to fill likely has a whole different set of criteria.
  8. Undefined job competencies. Because the competencies required for top performance in the job have not been clearly defined, and because the candidate’s competencies have not clearly been identified, there is no assurance that the candidate is actually well matched for succeeding in the job.
  9. Past performance assumptions. Just because the candidate has previously performed in a job that seems similar there is an assumption that their past success will be duplicated in this job. Since you have no way of knowing the true nature of the previous job, this can not only be a bad assumption-it can be a dangerous one.
  10. Failing to follow any real interview process. All too often there is no systematic approach tied to the interview process other than identifying who interviews the candidate. Without a systematic hiring process to follow, both you and the candidate risk eventual disappointment.

Does your hiring process take into consideration all hiring systems take into consideration all the critical elements that are necessary for superior performance in a job? When a good person is aligned with the skills and behaviors necessary for success in the job, you’ll find an individual who will likely experience job satisfaction and good performance. However, when that same good person is also aligned with culture fit, that’s when you get a passionate, committed and superior performer. There is a difference.

Being A Fit for the Job… Why Whales Don’t Walk

Posted on: March 15th, 2012

Ask yourself, “How much expense and aggravation could I save by matching people with jobs that fit naturally? How much job satisfaction, productivity and customer satisfaction could we gain?” Every prospective employee is unique, and every company’s culture is distinct and unique as well. Therefore, it just makes sense that every organization should have a template of the latter, a profile of the former, and a method for matching the two.


Selecting the Right People…Key to An Engaged Workforce

Posted on: February 2nd, 2012

The CEO of one of our largest clients took me aside for a conversation that not only changed my
life, but also my business focus. “Terri, I’m tired of spending all this money on training . . . only to have people leave and take your great training elsewhere. We need to change what we’re doing,” he confessed. His comments ignited a revolutionary moment for me. I realized he was right — dead right. No amount of training would ever change an employee who did not believe in the concept of service and serving others. That insight fueled my resolve to change our business approach from merely training people to selecting and retaining the right people to then train and develop.


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