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What to do if an Employee is a Poor Culture Fit - Augustine Talent Group

What to Do if an Employee is a Poor Culture Fit

As an employer, you know how important it is to build a strong company culture – and how the people you hire directly impact that culture. But despite your best efforts, sometimes a new employee doesn’t fit. It’s a challenging situation, but the best course of action is to end the partnership and begin the search for new candidates.

Culture Fit Matters When Hiring Employees

Read on to learn how poor culture fits impact your business, how to tell if an employee is a poor culture fit, and what to do about it.

Poor Culture Fits Hurt Your Business

When an employee’s values don’t align with your organization, it can seriously harm your business. For example, if you value transparency and open communication, but an employee is secretive and doesn’t share information, it can cause tension and mistrust within the team. This can lead to poor morale and decreased productivity, ultimately negatively impacting your bottom line.

In addition, a poor culture fit can increase turnover. Employees who are no longer happy with their work culture are more likely to leave, which can be costly for your company. When you add up the costs of recruitment, onboarding, training, and lost productivity, it’s clear that it’s in your best interest to address poor culture fits as soon as possible.

How to Identify a Poor Culture Fit

How can you tell if a new employee is a poor culture fit? There are a few subtle yet telltale warning signs to look out for.

A new hire may be a poor culture fit if:  

  • They don’t agree with your company’s mission or core values.
  • They have a negative attitude or don’t get along with their colleagues.
  • They don’t take responsibility for their mistakes.
  • They don’t receive feedback well or are resistant to change.
  • They’re not motivated to learn or grow within the company.

If you notice any of these signs, addressing them as soon as possible is essential. Have a conversation with the employee and try to understand their perspective. Sometimes, a poor culture fit can be remedied through coaching or training. However, if the situation doesn’t improve, it’s best to part ways.

Partnering with a Recruiting Firm Prevents Poor Culture Fits

Once you’ve decided to end the working relationship, it’s time to find a new candidate who shares your company’s values and mission. This is where a recruiting firm can be invaluable.

Recruiters can help you identify the essential qualities for a great culture fit within your organization and accurately communicate those qualities in your job descriptions. They have the expertise to identify candidates whose values and personalities align with your company’s culture, and they can quickly streamline the hiring process to reach a successful outcome. By partnering with a recruiting firm, you can save time, money, and resources and ensure that you find the right candidate for the job.

If you’re ready to see how partnering with a recruiting firm can improve and maintain your company culture, reach out to the team at Augustine Talent Group today.

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