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“A High Performance Workplace – You Can Feel It in The Air”



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Is a Mediocre Employee Better Than No Employee?

Employers are complaining about the quality of people applying for jobs.  At this point, the pretty bad candidates look great when compared to the really bad ones.  And so comes the dilemma.  Is filling a job with a so-so employee better than leaving the job open?  Many managers believe that having a body in a position is better than having no body at all.  Before hiring that so-so employee, look at the possible ramifications.

Training takes longer since managers and experienced employees must take extra time and effort to ensure that the new employee knows the job.

What will your customers think?  Think about the impact on your customers when Mr. Middle-of-the-Road answers the telephone with a disinterested voice and takes no initiative to find out what the customer wants or needs. 

Mediocrity breeds contempt.  High performers do not want to work with slackers.  Hiring a run-of-the-mill person will bring down your good employees who will have to carry most of the load for them.  Super employees will start to resent management for hiring such a loser. 

Losing your competitive advantage.  Your people are your competitive advantage.  Ms. Mediocre will come in late, expect the employer to understand her problems and not give a lick about the business issues.  Ms. Mediocre will also work at a slower pace, thereby bringing productivity down.  How much more does the high performer contribute to your bottom line as opposed to Ms. Mediocre?  It may be hard to measure, but it is very easy to see. 

Great companies are not built with mediocre people.  Enough said.

Now you have to ask yourself again, “Is hiring a mediocre employee better than no employee at all?”  The pickings are very slim and with the lower unemployment rates throughout the country, the pickings will get slimmer. 

“Help Wanted” and “Now Hiring” signs are everywhere.  Starbucks, one of the perennial companies on the best places to work in the country list, is advertising that they are having a job fair in Jacksonville to attract candidates.  Many companies are now offering hire bonuses of up to $5,000.  Others are offering gifts certificates to restaurants and movies to people who apply for jobs.  These incentives are acts of desperation. 

The good companies must become very creative and forward thinking to attract the people they need to produce high quality work.  Take the time necessary to find the type of person you need.  Involve other employees and communicate the issues you are having with filling job openings.  Ask them how they can redistribute the work or for ideas on others ways they can get the work done in a timely manner. 

Hiring second rate employees means paying someone to bring your organization down.  Let your competitors hire Mr. and Ms. Mediocre. 

May 2006 -
The Compliance Vultures are Circling – Are You Prepared?
April 2006 -
Is Administrivia Keeping HR from Getting a Seat at the Table?
March 2006 -
Agreeing to Disagree or Avoiding the Subject
February 2006 -
Happy Valentine's Day
January 2006 -
Be a Talent Magnet and a Talent Utilizer
December 2005 -
End of the Year Things to Be Thankful For
October 2005 -
Have the Candidates Recruit You
September 2005 -
Business Dress – A Very Important Career Decision
August 2005 -
Set the Foundation, Communicate Expectations and Get Out of the Way
July 2005 -
New Hire - Potential Superstar or Potential Lawsuit - You Decide
June 2005 -
Discrimination Charges - Should You be Concerned?
May2005 -
Negating the Nattering Nabobs of Negativism
April 2005 -
Are You Ready for the Minimum Wage Backlash?
March 2005 -
Employee Retention - Harness the Energy of Your New Hires
February 2005 -
The Wage and Hour Division is Keeping Enforcement Promises