Why do you hire who you hire? Is it because of their skills? Is it because you just have a feeling about them? Is it because you think they would be a good fit with your company? The last question brings into focus an important concept in hiring; it is essential to consider fit when hiring for most roles.
What does hiring for fit mean? Hiring for fit means hiring someone who will affect your organization more because of who they are and less because of their skills.
Admittedly, this is a broad definition, but it must be because the right fit for the same role will vary from organization to organization. Furthermore, when building teams it is important to acknowledge that different people doing the same work may need to have different fits to complement each other, support each other, or compete with each other. An accurate comparison of the existing organization and the desired future organization will frequently reveal the correct fit.
This all seems like a lot of work… is it really necessary? Let’s answer one simple question and let you decide for yourselves. Is fit an important part of keeping employees working for you?
Reasons employees quit – Susan Heathfield wrote a revealing article titled Top 10 Reasons Why Employees Quit Their Job that suggests that at least five of the top 10 reasons are related to fit. The top three reasons employees leave their jobs are: their relationship with their boss, they are bored and unchallenged by the work itself, and they have rough relationships with coworkers. All three are fit related.
Reasons employees are fired – Katya Wachtel wrote an equally revealing post about The 13 Most Common Reasons You’re Likely to Get Fired for Business Insider that reveals that the number one reason people are fired is for poor performance and uses the example of not being a team player. Not being a team player is definitely fit related and can be screened for in interviews.
Reasons employees give for being unproductive at work – John Brandon authored an article for Inc.com about the 10 Excuses Unproductive People AlwaysUse. The top 10 includes: “That’s not my job”, “I’ll finish that later”, “I’ll wait for the boss to tell me what to do”, “I don’t see the benefit to me”, “I might not get the credit”, and “I might fail”. We can distill all of these examples down into two things that are lacking – initiative and team first attitude. Both initiative and attitude are fit related concerns.
Returning to our original question, is fit an important part of keeping employees working for you? Fit affects why employees quit, why they are fired, and why they are unproductive at work. What do you think, is fit important?
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