When to Let Go: Knowing When to Fire an Employee

As one of the leading placement firms in Kingwood, TX, Kingwood Personnel understands that some people won’t always fit in with your organization. You may not even realize it right away.

It’s never easy to let an employee go, but it can be detrimental to morale and business objectives to keep someone on staff who isn’t making a positive contribution. While there are many ways you can gauge if it’s time to let someone go, these are just a few ways to know if it’s time to say good-bye:

Consistently not meeting expectations, even after many warnings

If at first an employee doesn’t meet your expectations, the case may be that there’s been a miscommunication, a lack of training, and/or there weren’t clear expectations set from the beginning. But once you’ve communicated your expectations, set clear goals, and provided ample training opportunities – and the employee is still underperforming – then it’s clear they’re not a fit for the role they’re in. Not only does this situation waste time and money, but it can also cause tension between others within your company.

Unable to adapt to change

As your industry continues to evolve with changing technologies and advancements, an employee who is immovable or refuses to improve with your organization can slow your company down. If an employee isn’t comfortable with change or improving their abilities, then it may be time to move on.

Lack of passion or drive

Newly hired employees are full of excitement and enthusiasm about the opportunities that lie ahead. As time goes on, those who aren’t committed to the company’s values and mission can easily lose their drive and passion. While this might be a temporary situation due to a challenging project or a difficult client, it becomes a big problem when it’s an ongoing issue.

They’re simply not a fit

Even if someone has all the hard skills required to be successful at the job, they may not have the soft skills– the ones that will determine whether or not a candidate will blend with the culture – to make it at your company. And if you’ve got someone on staff who isn’t a fit culturally speaking, then it will become clear very quickly. The faster you cut ties, the better.

Firing an employee can be a difficult. However, keeping someone on staff who isn’t doing a good job, or isn’t the right fit, can cause serious damage to their career and your company in the long run.

Do you need help finding great candidates – ones who are the right fit – for your job openings? Call Kingwood Personnel. As one of the leading staffing and recruiting firms in north Houston, we can assist you with the entire search process – from sourcing and screening to hiring and retaining the best people for your positions. Contact us today to get started.

4 Red Flags to Consider in Your Job Search

Searching for a new job can be a challenge. Between perfecting your resume and cover letters and prepping for interviews, you may be missing some key indicators that the job or the company is not right for you. The expert recruiters at North Houston’s leading recruiting firm have put together a list of red flags to watch out for as you’re searching for employment:

You have significant doubts about your ability to perform the job.

If you understand the requirements for the job and you have doubts about your ability to thrive in the role, that’s an indication that this may not be the position for you, even if you’re desperate to find a position quickly. As one of the leading job placement agencies in Kingwood, we know that accepting an opportunity that’s not a true fit can only result in frustration and misery. If you’re concerned you don’t have the skills or experience to do the job, it’s best to continue your search.

The employer is vague on the details.

You may be asking great questions about the job and its requirements, but if the employer is responding with vague answers or won’t get into specifics, consider it a warning that requirements may change significantly after you’re hired. If this is your experience, it may be best to walk away from the opportunity early on. You’ll want to know what you’re getting in to ahead of time, and an honest and good employer will be transparent about that.

Your interview wasn’t a great experience.

If you have an interview with your would-be boss and they treat you rudely, act judgmental, or are overtly critical of you at this stage, it’s never a good sign. You might walk away from an interview like this feeling badly, but imagine having to work with that individual each day. After all, your boss will significantly impact your overall job satisfaction, so if they make you uncomfortable during the interview, it might be wise to walk away from that opportunity.

You just get a strange feeling.

If you get an uneasy feeling when you think about the job or speak to the hiring manager, you’re intuiting that something just isn’t quite right, and you should listen to that gut feeling.

If you’ve been unemployed for a while, it’s tempting to take the first job offer that comes your way. But before you make a move, make sure the employer isn’t showcasing any of these big red flags.

Need more help finding a job – and an employer – who’s right for you? Call Kingwood Personnel. As one of the leading job placement agencies in Kingwood, Kingwood Personnel can help you locate the position that best matches your skills and interests – whether you’re looking to move up the corporate ladder, re-enter the workforce, get more experience, or just gain more control over your schedule. Contact us today to learn more.

How to Handle Passive Aggressive Employees

Passive aggressive employees often indirectly resist their assignments, avoid face-to-face confrontation, and act with petulance.

These types of employees may act out covertly to sabotage others and, subsequently, tank projects and business objectives. If you have someone like this in your employ, it’s best to deal with her or him head on. As one of the leading staffing agencies in Kingwood, TX, Kingwood Personnel knows that allowing passive aggression to continue can seriously impact productivity, morale, and your bottom line.

So how can you properly handle a passive aggressive person at work? Here are a few tips:

Be direct with them

Handling a passive aggressive person is a challenge because, by definition, they typically avoid direct confrontation. Instead, they may mumble snide comments or purposefully miss a deadline to hurt a teammate.

That’s why, when confronting a passive aggressive employee, you’ll want to be clear and direct about the behavior you’ve witnessed. Document specific examples so that you’re able to have an objective conversation with them.

Remain collected

It’s easy to become frustrated at a passive aggressive employee, but it’s imperative to remain calm and collected when dealing with the situation. Over-reacting or attacking the employee will inevitably make the situation worse. While being direct is important, passive aggressive personalities don’t respond well to attacks; they simply shut down and become more problematic.

Lead by example

As an employer, it’s not your job to change someone’s deeply-rooted personality or coping mechanisms. But if you create a company culture that encourages communication, support, and openness, it can diffuse negative behaviors like passive aggression before it can take root.

A passive aggressive employee can cause a great deal of stress for you and your other employees. So if you have a passive aggressive team member, it’s important to confront them about their behavior. But it’s just as important to ensure you have a culture built on trust and communication to prevent feelings of passive aggressiveness in the first place.

Do you need help hiring people with a positive attitude and great work experience for your team? Call the recruiting experts at Kingwood Personnel. As one of the leading staffing services firms in Kingwood, TX, we can assist you with the entire search process – from sourcing and screening to hiring and retaining top talent. Contact us today to get started.

Interview Questions to Ask if You’re Hiring Temps

More and more companies are turning to temporary agencies for their staffing solutions. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, temporary work accounts for about 2.9 million jobs in the private sector.

But that doesn’t mean you should be less thorough with temp hires. As one of Kingwood’s leading staffing agencies, Kingwood Personnel knows that one key to hiring a great temporary employees lies in asking the right interview questions.

Here are a few questions to ask temp candidates:

Would you be interested if a permanent position became available?

It’s always important to understand a candidate’s career goals. The case may be that you’re hiring a temp to meet demand for a short-term increase in business without increasing your overhead. However, if that turns into a long-term demand, you’ll likely want to have a candidate available who is receptive to that opportunity.

What is your availability?

Having the skillset required to perform the job is only half the battle in finding great temp talent. If they aren’t able to fit your schedule, it’s a no-win situation. It’s important to find those candidates who can meet your scheduling needs and who can also be flexible should those needs change.

How easily do you adjust to a new environment?

Each time a temp employee begins a new assignment, how quickly they can assimilate to a new culture and set of rules will, in many ways, determine their success in the role. Someone who doesn’t handle change well may not be as great of a fit in a temp role.

How would your colleagues describe you?

Although you’re likely going to be performing reference checks, this is a great opportunity for you to see if your candidate’s answer matches or is close to what their previous coworkers say about them.

Hiring a temp worker shouldn’t be less of an undertaking when it comes to interviewing. These questions are just a starting point to help you make the best hiring decision possible.

Do you need expert help hiring temp workers – and taking your company to the next level? Call the team at Kingwood Personnel. As one of Kingwood’s top temporary staffing agencies, our extensive database of North Houston candidates allows us to identity proven performers who can step in and make an immediate contribution to our clients’ growth and productivity goals. Contact us today to learn more.

How Your Staff Can Help Grow Your Business in 2016 and Beyond

As one of the leading staffing agencies in Kingwood, Texas and the surrounding north Houston areas, Kingwood Personnel knows growing your business isn’t all a matter of acquiring new customers. Sometimes taking a step back – and focusing on your people, can help you achieve your growth goals.

Below are a few tips to consider:

Ramp up customer service.

It’s an old, but true, adage that it costs more to acquire customers than to keep your existing ones. And having a loyal base of clients is key to a steady and healthy business.Therefore, it is crucial that your current employees know how to service your current customers. With most business markets more competitive than ever, it’s important to be attentive to clients’ changing needs. Just like your best employees always have options on where they can work, your best customers can always spend their money elsewhere, if their needs are not being met.

Invest in your employees.

When you’re looking to grow your business, it’s important to commit resources to the professional development of your staff. You can’t expect your managers and employees to learn new skills and achieve their growth potential without training and education opportunities.

So whether it’s regular brown bag lunches that focus on important topics each week, or professional development seminars, ensure your employees have access to plenty of learning opportunities.

Create a culture of empowerment and collaboration.

Don’t micromanage every detail of your staff’s day. Instead, empower them to make decisions and act on them. Even if they make mistakes along the way, they’ll learn far more than if you are constantly looking over their shoulders, trying to do the work for them.

Also be sure to instill a strong spirit of collaboration in your team. Promote internal communication and encourage employees to forge ties with those outside their teams and departments. Some of the most innovative and profitable solutions come from cross-departmental collaboration.

Address hiring mistakes.

The last thing any business needs is to bring someone on board who isn’t a fit for the job and the culture. That said, if a hiring mistake happens, then you need to take swift action and part ways with the employee. Poor performing staff members erode morale and impact productivity. The longer you leave them on the team, the more they will harm your company.

Need more help ensuring you have the right people in the right positions at your company?

Call Kingwood Personnel at 281.358.2018. As one of the leading one of the leading staffing agencies in Kingwood, Texas for over 30 years, organizations all over North Houston and the surrounding areas rely on our expertise to source and retain top talent for hard-to-fill, key positions across a broad range of business disciplines.

Contact us at 281.358.2018 if you would like to learn more.