THIS IS RELATED TO THE AUGUST 18TH E-MAIL BLAST: HIRING EMPLOYEES IS LIKE GETTING MARRIED:
So let’s talk about hiring. It’s important to understand that hiring employees is one of the most important jobs you’ll do as a business owner. The right selection will improve your customer service, enhance morale in the office, give you peace of mind and ultimately grow your business. On the otherhand, hiring the wrong employee – which is very easy to do – can be destructive to your business operations. The wrong employee can harm customer relations, ruin employee morale, and cost a lot of money and angst. And terminating that employee can be a legal quagmire that could cost more than time. (Should I mention that using Daybreak’s virtual services could help you avoid all that?). Ok, I guess I just did.
– 30% of small business failure is caused by employee theft
– 25% of all MBA degrees claimed on resumes are false
– 45% of all resumes contain one major fabrication
– 34% of all job applications contain lies about experience, education and/or abilities
– 72% of all negligent hiring suits are won by the applicant
– And the list goes on…..
In other words, people often don’t tell the truth AND employees are expensive. So, if you decide not to use Daybreak’s virtual services, how can you improve your position? First the disclaimer: “We are not experts in employment law or hiring. The following information is based solely on our experience and should be considered as suggestions only. Refer to qualified legal counsel for definitive advice.” Now check out these recommendations:
– Behavior: “Tell me about the last time you broke the rules?” Etc.
– Situation: “How would you handle a coworker who was cheating?” Etc.
– Ability to think on their feet: “What is your greatest weakness?” Etc.
– Do they rent or own a home
– Do they have an arrest record
– Use birth control
– Have they applied for bankruptcy
– Citizenship status
– Disability status
– Health status
– Any mental health treatment
– Marital status
– Maiden name
– Ask to see a driver’s license
– Ask for a photograph
– Nation of origin and/or native language, race, religion, etc.
– Clubs/organizations they belong to
– Pregnancy status or plans to have children?
– Height & weight?
– Military status
– Gender and sexual orientation.
When it’s all done, there are no guarantees that you’ll make the right decision. However, following the above steps can certainly improve your chances. Just remember that hiring an employee is very similar to getting married: Both involve a lot of emotion, they’re both expensive, and they can both be painful to terminate!
Until the next time.