Did you know that the first 90 days of employment will determine if a new hire will make it in the company for a long time? Hiring a new employee is costly for any company. As a result, recruiters and hiring managers are often pressured to only hire great potentials. And when they do get hired, human resources will then take over and look for warning signs of a subpar performer and find ways to coach that person. Otherwise, if that new hire doesn’t show improvement with either his work performance or attitude within a span of time, then there’s a possibility that he/she could be let go.
But new hires don’t usually fail in a job because they lack experience, often they lack the right attitude or their approach to the job. If they don’t fit the culture of the company, it makes it harder for the other team members who do fit to work with them.
So how do you know if they won’t make it? Here are three kinds of attitude that will help you tell that they’re not gonna last long.
1. The Jack- or Jill-of-all-Trades
When new hires jump in and claim to know how to do everything, they’re actually sending a message that they’re better than the rest of the team. Well, confidence is important to succeed in life, but when they claim to do it all, that’s already a bad sign. Everyone on the team has a particular expertise and they stick to it, and then learn the ropes as they go along.
In the first 90 days, new hires should spend time figuring out what each person brings to the table so they can leverage their strengths and offer theirs up to help the team succeed.
2. The High Maintenance
Sometimes, new hires, especially the experienced ones, vocalize constrains over what they can do and when they can do it. When they list down things they need before they’ll do the job, they create more work for others. New hires should be focused on learning ways their work can make teammates’ jobs easier, not the other way around. The more value someone provides to the team, the sooner he or she is viewed as a vital contributor.
3. The Opportunist
It’s normal for new hires to be excited when they meet great influencers within or even outside the company. But what’s concerning is if they only talk to those people–people who they think would be of value to them–and not find time or interest to get to know other people in the company—the receptionist, the office messenger, or even someone in a different department. When you find your new hire showing this sign, it shows that they don’t see the value in respecting other people’s contributions in the company.
New hires should be focused on making friends with everyone they meet in the company, because you just never know whom you’ll need to tap in the organization for help.