Recruiting a new employee can be risky and there’s never any certainty that they will live up to expectations. The performance at interview and references are all you initially have to go on, so it is no wonder that many employees fail to impress! Occasionally, we have to deal with the fact that we have a bad employee on our hands. If you are concerned about the performance of a new recruit and are perhaps wondering how to fire an employee, these may be some telltale signs that you are making the right decision.

Tips for spotting a bad employee

Always Late

If your new employee is constantly late for work, even if it’s just 5 or 10 minutes here and there; this is not a good sign. A good employee will make sure they turn up on time for work, although there may be the odd exception, whereas a bad employee will be late more often than on time.

Lack of Motivation

You should expect your employees to be ready for work and motivated while they are there and if not, they are not likely to perform well enough to help the business grow. Motivation is important in the workplace and a lack of motivation not only affects performance, but it can also cause other employees to become demotivated. If your employee shows a real lack of motivation, it may be worth considering whether they are right for your business.

Talk Too Much

No one expects workers to spend their entire day working, without lifting their head up to take a breath. However, there is a fine line between a bit of chat and an entire day spent talking about the new series of Big Brother or plans for the weekend. If an employee spends more time talking than doing work, this will not be good for business in the long run and will put others off their work too.

Don’t Help Colleagues

A good employee will support their colleagues. This may include picking up calls, helping with increased workloads or asking if they need a hand if they have spare time on their hands. An employee who is bad for business will only do their own work and won’t show any concern for their colleagues. This will quickly become noticeable to other members of staff and will cause resentment, which will affect the overall levels of morale in the workplace.

Spread Negativity

The right kind of employee will be positive, have a smile on their face and be motivated to achieve their goals. They will meet or exceed their expectations of their role, will be civil to others and won’t cause any disruption. An employee who spreads negativity is bad for the workplace and will probably adversely affect everyone they come in contact with. This is the last thing you want for a healthy, happy workplace!

If you spot these signs in a new employee, it may be time to use an HR consultancy to help provide advice on how to deal with a bad employee.


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