Sunday, August 9, 2009

For Business: Hiring Decisions

From comes Why Small Business Owners Make Bad Hiring Decisions

Here are 5 reasons why small business owners fail to make good hiring decisions:

1. Lack of time: The business owner is swamped as discussed above and is unable to take the time to make sure that he is making the best hiring decision.

2. Needs a body right now: Typically a small business owner does not have enough back-up staff to handles tasks within the organization if an employee leaves. This creates a crisis and the employer is forced to make decisions too quickly. As you know - haste makes waste.

3. Too emotionally close to the decision: Due to lack of enough people to help make a hiring decision, the employer is the key decision maker and maybe, the only decision maker. Unfortunately this puts the employer too close to the candidate and the process of hiring. Hence the employer may make decisions which are more based on emotion than information.

4. No formal training in hiring: Hiring seems to be almost like an additional, unwanted and unimportant task which befalls a manager. So very few employers go through enough training to understand the intricacies of hiring.

5. Lack of funds: The employer is usually working with a limited budget and sacrifices getting hiring support from a consultant, background checks, use of assessments and proper legal counsel and ends up hiring a candidate that may have shown up as a problem employee if a more detailed investigation had taken place.